Deer Creek Farm

Everett Shank

The Spring Creek area of Bridgewater, Virginia, is a quiet, timeless place just southeast of Rawley Springs, Paul State Forest, and the striking mountains at the West Virginia line. At Deer Creek Farm, Everette Shank likes to try new things, and more than that, he wants healthy birds. That’s what led him to try growing chickens for Farmer Focus. His wife Karen and daughter Annie share the same sentiment; as Karen puts it, “If I’m going to raise birds for someone to eat, I want them to be healthy.” They feel good about feeding the birds organic feed and giving them ample space. The Shanks’ commitment to raising the highest quality chickens runs deep. 

Everette starts the day at 4am with a check of the chickens, followed by breakfast and several more walk-throughs before settling the birds in for the night. When they’re not caring for their flock, you’ll find the couple camping and birdwatching, or participating in one of their many volunteer gigs — Everette donates his construction skills to a number of projects, and Karen caters Salvation Army and Friendship House meals for local folks who need a little help. 

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