Available fresh from Monday 21st December.
Because these birds live their entire lives free to roam outside on pasture, their growth patterns are influenced by the conditions of the season so we won't know the final weights until 21st December. We expect these birds to be around 2.5 - 3.2 kg.
Pay a $50 deposit now and we'll charge you the balance at $34.00 per kg when we know the final weight of your chook. Add a note in your order to let us know if you'd prefer a larger or smaller one - we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Sommerlad chickens are a superb table bird that are bred to thrive outside on diverse Australian pastures. These birds live up to four times longer and are a profoundly different product from the ubiquitous white Cobb/Ross chickens that make up 99.9% of the Australian meat chicken industry. This is what chicken used to taste like.
Sommerlads have thicker skin and denser meat so we recommend cooking them a little slower and longer than a conventional chicken.
We layered our pancetta across the breast of our test bird just because it's delicious. (This is a good trick that we often use when cooking turkeys because it prevents the breast drying out if you're cooking for a long time - but then we'd also recommend brining your turkey.) Then we stuffed our chook with juicy, home-grown lemons, bay leaves, thyme and garlic cloves. Simple, but really, really delicious.
You could also use our Can't Stop Stuffing stuffing kit which I could actually eat all on it's own very happily...
About Sommerlad Heritage Chickens
Our Sommerlad Heritage chickens live their entire lives at Grasslands Poultry Farm, near Wellington in NSW. This is extremely unusual because most Australian table birds arrive at the farm as day-old chicks and are sent off to an abattoir at their appointed time. But Kim and Bryan Kiss breed, raise and kill their birds entirely on the farm.
The birds have access to a starter crumble with no GM, hormones, medications or soy products. Then from three weeks they also have access to whole grains of wheat, sunflower, corn and sorghum. As well as bugs, grasshoppers, grass and anything else that they can forage for. This is all free choice.
You can read all about them in our book, The Ethical Omnivore, published in August 2020 by Murdoch Books. Or you can check out our Chew the Fat blog to read one of the scores of posts we've written about them over the six years we've been sourcing and selling Sommerlad Heritage birds.
Photos: Alan Benson