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Frequent Questions and Answers

Organic production recognises the link between environment, health and the food we eat.

In organic farming:

See Soil Association website for more about organic standards.

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Products claiming to be organic in UK must display a certification symbol or number. This tells you a product has been produced to organic standards which are checked by the certification body.

An organic product must be produced to at least the UK and EU organic standard, though certification bodies can make higher standards part of their schemes.

Soil Association farmers farms are inspected, records checked, animals viewed and management policies approved. All this ensures the certification symbol or number is only used on products produced in compliance with the Soil Association standard.

We are licensed by the Soil Association.

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Routine use of antibiotics is not permitted, but if an animal or group of animals becomes ill, antibiotics/drugs are permitted to prevent unnecessary suffering. Withdrawal periods following a course of antibiotics on an organic animal are up to three times longer than the minimum permitted. Some diseases can be vaccinated against but not effectively treated - vaccines may be used if there is a known problem on a farm.

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Organic production does not allow intensive farming. Animals and birds grow more slowly in organic systems, crops do not yield as highly. Breeds which have shown natural immunity to diseases and are adapted to free-range conditions are often used. Animal feed is approved by the certification body also. There is no GM, or artificial fertilisers/chemicals used in production of organic feed.

Thus the premium you may pay is for:

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This is a guide only: A lot depends on appetites and if you want leftovers!!! We try to give you a bird within 2lbs. (1 kilogram plus or minus) of your requested weight. We will only charge you for up to 1kg above your requested weight.

Bird weight No. of people to feed
Organic Christmas Cockerel 6 - 8lbs up to 4 people
Organic Christmas Cockerel 8 - 10lbs up to 6
Organic Christmas Cockerel 10 - 12lbs + up to 8
     
Organic Christmas Turkey < 8lbs up to 3 people
Organic Christmas Turkey 8 - 10lbs up to 4
Organic Christmas Turkey 12 - 14lbs up to 6
Organic Christmas Turkey 16 - 18lbs up to 8
Organic Christmas Turkey 20lbs + 10 + people

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We have a herd of Fallow deer. They are smaller than Red Deer.

Organic Venison saddle whole including fillet - bone-in 8 - 10 people
Organic Half saddle with or without fillet - bone-in 4 - 5

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Sadly, it is no longer economically viable for us to attend Farmers' Markets. However, we occasionally rear chickens at certain times in the year. If you are on our mailing list for the newsletter (see below), you will be emailed when we have birds available.

Our new online shop is now up and running - here's the link! Rutland Organics Shop

Organic Christmas Turkey and Cockerel

We are continuing to produce our Christmas Organic Turkeys, and organic cockerels. Order from October onwards, first come first served. See Christmas page for more details.

Lamb, venison, pork

We have a flock of sheep and the herd of Fallow deer and now breed our own pigs. Lamb, hogget, pork are available at intervals and venison (fresh in season) boxes are available fresh or frozen (depending on the time of year and how much we sold fresh!). The best way to find out what we have when is to subscribe to our newsletter (see below). Check our pricelist page, or you could email or phone but please remember we are busy, if you leave a message we will get back to you.

Mail Order

For orders you are unable to collect from the farm, we use mail order - overnight delivery in an insulated box with with icepacks. (£20/20kg box)

Newsletter

Sign up to receive our newsletter for meat/poultry and/or campsite (on the cuckoo farm website).

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Our turkey chicks are slow growing heritage breeds. If you buy day old turkey chicks we recommend you get them in May, June or July. Our Christmas turkeys are reared from May hatched turkey chicks. Because they grow more slowly than commercial birds, they need to be fed well, for longer to ensure they are finished for Christmas. They do taste much better for it!

You could buy 6 week old poults in August and still expect them to finish for Christmas if you feed them well.

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Turkey eggs normally hatch in 28 days. As we have a dedicated hatcher, our turkey eggs spend 24 days in the incubator, we then move them into the hatcher for the last 4 days, with higher humidity and no turning.

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Turkeys do not lay eggs all year round. They start laying in spring and finish around August normally.

If you want to hatch turkeys for the following Christmas market, with rare breeds you need to have them hatched by early July at the latest. Which means buying the eggs in May or early June.

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We can send small numbers of turkey hatching eggs in special poly boxes by post (guaranteed next day delivery). For larger numbers of eggs (if available), you would need to collect unless we were delivering birds in your area at that time.

WE DO NOT SEND ANY LIVE BIRDS BY POST. We may be able to deliver them to you or meet somewhere convenient, depending on numbers and other orders nearby.

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