Our Story

Hi! We’re Jake, Alex & Jameson of Safe Landing Farm.
Pasture Raised Safe Landing Farm

Jake

Head Chicken Wrangler and customer care wizard
Breeding Stock at Safe Landing Farm

Alex

Master Builder and fixer of all things broken
Small Scale Chicken Keepers Safe Landing Farm

Jameson

Head Chicken Wrangler and customer care wizard

Our Story

In 2017, shortly after getting married, we moved into the home we had been dreaming of for years. A small house with 4 acres of beautiful, tree-covered, usable land. Alex grew up raising chickens, so he knew that our own flock was the first thing we needed on our farm.

Alex built the cutest little red coop on wheels and we would sit outside in the evenings just watching our little flock that Alex lovingly named “The Chicken Team”.

And that was it for the next few years. We enjoyed fresh eggs from our coop, marveled at our little buddies and went about our lives.

Then in the beginning of 2023, I learned about the inhumane practices of large-scale hatcheries: the killing of male chicks (in cruel ways) and the use of small breeding cages.

I knew instantly that I just couldn’t support these practices any longer and started looking for hatcheries near me that used humane practices, but the closest one was over 2 hours away.

So, I decided to start my own to supply my own flock, but also provide a better option for my community.

We got to work transforming our property and purchasing equipment. We (mostly Alex) built coops and installed fencing and I learned as much as I could about the breeds I wanted to work with, as well as the best practices for caring and breeding. We chose breeds that are friendly, beautiful and lay gorgeous colored eggs. All of our breeding stock comes from top breeders around the country to ensure that you receive the best quality birds possible.

When coming up with our farm name, we wanted something that was unique and that was significant to us. Alex is a pilot for Southwest Airlines, so the name Safe Landing is a nod to that and also to the way animals are treated at our farm.

We have decided to start with 6 breeds, with a goal to add more over the next few years: Black Copper Marans, First Generation Olive Eggers, Lavender (Self Blue) Ameraucanas, Moss Eggers, Silverudd’s Blue, and Welsummers.

Jake, Alex & Jameson
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What we Breed for:

Our goal is to create birds that are as much for companionship as they are for food production; birds that truly become part of your family. In order to do that, we prioritize health and temperament, followed by egg production and color, and lastly the Standard of Perfection.

Breeding for health

We know how much you love your animals, and want them to live full, healthy lives. We also know the pain and expense of having a sick bird on your hands and we want to do everything we can to help you avoid that. This is why we select for health first. We will not breed any birds that have had health issues, and instead they will join our homesteader group to provide eating eggs for us and our community. Breeding for health also means we won’t breed (or sell) chicks that are hatched with things like spraddle leg or crooked toes, even though they are easily corrected. We will treat these chicks and they will become part of our chick adoption program.

Breeding for Temperament

Nothing takes the fun out of chicken keeping faster than an aggressive rooster! We have had our fair share of stinkers, but we were always too sad to cull them, because we loved them. It wasn’t until one particularly nasty rooster attacked my one-year-old son and drew blood, that I really got just how important it is to NOT pass on those genetics. We also want to help change the belief around roosters. You can have a rooster that is a fierce protector of his flock AND your best friend. They are a valuable part of any flock and can truly become your partner. This is why, if one of our roosters shows ANY aggression toward people, we won’t breed him, no matter how gorgeous he is.

The Magic of Egg Color

This is what excites me most – playing with egg color and finding those freshly laid gems! My favorites are the blues and greens, and anything with speckles! Each year we will be playing with creating unique colors to add to your daily egg basket.

Breeding toward the Standard of Perfection

We can’t talk about breeding without mentioning the Standard of Perfection. Each breed has its own set of standards that breeders strive for. To be honest, this wasn’t what drew me to chicken breeding, but it is a vital part of the process to keep the integrity of the breeds intact.
All of our birds that are healthy and friendly will be assessed using the standard, and the best will become part of our breeding program. The rest will become part of our egg color breeding projects or our homesteader flock.

We can’t wait for you to get to know our flocks. You will see that they all have something unique to offer, whether it’s beauty, friendliness or egg color. Meet our breeds here.

Alex, Jameson & Jake

Our Practices

We are proudly following in the footsteps of humane breeders that came before us and putting the health and welfare of our flocks first in all of our farm decisions.

Our breeding groups are kept on separate parts of our land in full size coops with fenced pastures where they have access to sun and fresh air, with plenty of dirt and grass to explore. None of our chickens are kept in breeding cages or inhumane conditions.

Our birds are fed high quality feed, along with table scraps and fresh produce from our garden. We take the same holistic approach to our birds’ health as we do to our own and put huge focus on prevention, rather than waiting until problems arise. We give crushed garlic and oil of oregano in their water to help prevent parasites and strengthen their immune systems. We also give probiotics and electrolytes along with vitamin supplements.

All of our lay boxes are filled with nesting box herbs that we grow right here on our farm. We utilize vertical growing systems that use 98% less water than traditional soil gardening, which makes a big impact on our California drought.

And finally, but most importantly, we are loving to our birds and treat them with respect. We hold them, and stroke their heads, and speak kindly to them. We have heard people say “they are just chickens” in response to the mistreatment they face in large scale hatcheries and farms. And what they often mean is that chickens aren’t smart and so it doesn’t matter. It does matter. Chickens are incredibly smart. But even if they weren’t, they are living creatures that provide companionship and sustenance for us and they deserve our reverence and love.

We hope you feel as passionately as we do about humane hatching and breeding practices, and that you will join us in shifting the way chickens are brought into the world.