When purchasing your chicken, here are some things to consider. Consider how they are raised and what the chickens are eating. Price is important, but you buy what you pay for. The cheaper the price typically means more fillers are used and more corners are being cut.
How is it being raised?
When you go to the grocery store and pick up chicken, do you know how it's being raised? Everything on the package will try to convey a happy life for the chickens.
Most grocery stores stock their shelves with chicken that came from farms similar to this one. They label this chicken experience as cage-free which stirs up wonderful thoughts while in the store, but the reality is that many times they don't get to see any grass or natural daylight.
Pastured Poultry defined by the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) is:
Pastured poultry embodies a few key tenets of production: the birds live a significant portion of their lives outside on vegetated pasture; the birds are rotated to fresh vegetation often in a managed way; flocks are housed in lower stocking densities to ensure the birds can express their natural behaviors without stress and injury to themselves or other birds; in addition to the forage offered via pasture, the birds eat a nutritionally balanced feed that is appropriate for the species and age of the flock; slaughter is typically done in small-scale or exempt facilities by hand in a way that respects the life of the animal.
Our chickens are raised in moveable chicken coops, called Chicken Tractors.
On our farm, we have a chicken density of 1.5 - 2 square feet per bird.
The chickens are fed NON-GMO Feed as well as get a daily move to fresh grass. We get them sent as baby chicks from Cackle Hatchery which since we have been raising them since 2015, the chickens don't get the largest but overall the healthiest, and active for the Cornish Cross Breed.
Do you know your farmer?
When you know your farmer and where the items are being sourced, he or she can adapt or modify specialty cuts that a customer might want.
Order your locally raised Pasture Poultry by visiting https://farmerbrad.com/chicken