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Pasture Raised Whole Chickens (NON GMO)- PRE ORDER

Pasture Raised Whole Chickens (NON GMO)- PRE ORDER

Regular price $15.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $15.00 CAD
Sale Sold out

Pre-Orders Available starting July 14, Delivery/Pickup on or after September 13

The cost of our whole chickens is $6.99/lb. We require a down payment of $15/bird to reserve your order.

 Please select your preferred bagging, regular bags are just bagged how I receive them from the processor, shrink bags will be sealed up in shrink bags which are ideal for freezing (extra $2 per chicken)

You’ll pay the balance on or before pick-up/delivery. 

Please indicate at checkout or by email your preferred chicken size(s)

(If no size is indicated, chickens will be picked at random)

 

Size ranges from

small 3.5-4.5lbs 

medium 4.5-5.5lbs

large 5.5-7+lbs

reserved sizes are not guaranteed (as we can't control birds final size) but we will to our best to get as close to requested size.

Local delivery/pickup only. Deliveries and pickup must be arranged before September 15th, charges for storage may be implemented if not picked up by the 15th

Our Pasture Raised Whole Chickens are ethically and carefully obtained, we grow them in a protected barn for around 3 weeks until they are feathered out enough and moved to be raised on lush pastures moved daily for fresh salad and bugs daily. This keeps them from living in their own manure and ensures a healthy and happy life for the birds. The non GMO feed guarantees a full-flavored, juicy experience, free of antibiotics, hormones, or any synthetic additives!

Why Pasture Raised?

Our pasture raised chicken lives the majority of their lives on fresh pasture, eating bugs, grains, grass and legumes. They are moved daily to increase the amount of green forage and proteins the birds consume. They are free to explore, scratch and forage. At night, they are moved into coops for shelter from predators.

Why is pasture raised chicken better?

Pasture-raised chickens/eggs boast higher iron/Omega 3s, lower Omega 6:3, increased vitamin D, & more antioxidants

Human Health Benefits of Pasture Raised Meat

Research suggests that pasture-raised foods are better for health than solely grain-fed, conventionally-raised products. As well as less calories & total fat, pasture-raised poultry boast higher vitamins & a healthier omega-3/omega-6 ratio. Free-range chickens have 21% lower total fat, 30% lesser saturated fat & 28% fewer calories than factory-farmed chickens.

Environmental Benefits of Pasture Raised Chickens and Turkeys

Pasture-based systems benefit the environment - soil gets nutritious fertilizer, and fewer grains are needed for feed. Our chickens move daily, so they don't deplete any one spot; plus, they can forage for their own meals, rather than relying on an intensive production system that burns gas to transport feed and waste. It's a win-win!

Supporting Local and Sustainable Farming

When you buy pastured meat, you're not only taking a step to safeguard your health, protect the environment, and improve animal well being, you're also supporting sustainable farming and the farmers who choose to practice it. Small, local family farmers are invaluable members of rural communities and play a key role as stewards of the land.

Culinary Benefits of Cooking with Pastured Meat

Keep in mind that the consistency, texture, colour and flavours of food from pasture-raised animals differ from those of intensively produced foods. Pasture-raised chickens contain less fat and water and lend themselves best to roasting, grilling, or slow simmering, not quick sautéing. The biggest difference that our customers notice in our chickens is the flavour but second is the meat density and lack of water. 

Improved Animal Welfare

Pasture-raised chickens live happier, healthier lives compared to their conventionally raised counterparts. Our chickens are allowed to roam freely, engage in natural behaviors such as foraging and dust bathing and are not confined to cramped, crowded conditions. This means that pasture raised chickens are less likely to suffer from stress and disease, which results in a healthier and more humane way of raising chickens.

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