all about chicken

Why don’t you have chicken?

 

This is the number one question that we get emails about, and one of the most searched for items on our site. No, we don’t sell chicken, and here’s why..

 

There is NO affordable way to raise chickens in what we feel meets our definition of ethical and sustainable.

 

Here’s what you need to know about the chicken that you buy.

 

Chicken Farms

 

Most farms, including those that pasture raise chickens, raise Cornish Cross. These chickens go from day-old chicks to fully grown in 6-8 weeks. Because of this rapid growth, they typically do not get all their feathers in. They also suffer from broken legs and chests and are prone to heart attacks. The chickens are also unable to breed due to their size, so the females are artificially inseminated at the factory, and they baby chicks are then sold and shipped to farms.

 

Vaccinations

 

All vaccinations for chickens are approved under USDA organic standards.

 

 Sample Vaccination Schedule: Chickens

Vaccine

Recommended Age

Route

Marek’s Disease

1 day

SC

Tenosynovitis

6-7 days

SC

Newcastle Infectious Bronchitis

14- 21 days

Water

Infectious Bursal Disease

14-28 days

Water

Newcastle Infectious Bronchitis

4 weeks

Water or Coarse spray

Tenosynovitis

6-8 weeks

Water or Coarse spray

Infectious Bursal Disease

8-10 weeks

Wing Web

Newcastle Infectious Bronchitis

8-10 weeks

Wing Web

 

Encephalomalacia

10-12 weeks

Wing Web

Fowl Pox

10-12 weeks

Wing Web

Chicken Infectious Anemia

10-12 weeks

Wing Web

Laryngotracheitis

10-12 weeks

Intraocular

Tenosynovitis

10-12 weeks

Parenteral

Fowl Cholera

10-12 weeks

Parenteral or Wing Web

Infectious Bursal Disease

12-14 weeks

Parenteral

Tenosynovitis

16-18 weeks

Parenteral

Newcastle Infectious Bronchitis

16-18 weeks

Parenteral or Wing Web

Newcastle Infectious Bronchitis

Every 6-90 days or 18 weeks

Parenteral

 

Organic Chicken vs. Other Organic Meat

For all animals that are raised for Organic meat, standards must be in place before the animal is born…EXCEPT chickens. The Organic standards for chickens do not include ANYTHING that happens within the first two days of life. This is because chickens are hatched from hens in deplorable conditions, shot up with vaccines and antibiotics (even your “antibiotic free chicken” was given antibiotics before leaving the hatchery), flown across the country, and then raised for 6-8 weeks before being butchered.

We do have family chicken

We raise a Heritage chicken for our own family. Compared to store bought chicken, our chicken takes longer to raise, consumes more feed, and does not have an XL breast that everyone is looking for. They are much healthier birds when alive but cost roughly $20 to raise. If we were to add in the cost to butcher and package them, the cost would be more than what people are willing to pay. we typically have chicken only once a month

 

We do offer chicken eggs. Our chickens are vaccine free, hormone and antibiotic free and fed our own chicken feed that is corn free, soy free and GMO free. 

 

*Traditionally, chicken was never meant to be a staple in our diet. Until recently it was saved for special occasions and was always more expensive then beef or pork.