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February 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm
Great info, Jeanine! I especially like #9. Also, it would be great to know if there are any Canadian chicken farmers who raise their chickens in barns with sunlight or who allow their chickens to roam-free inside and outside — I would really like to support those farmers. The barn in the photo above has no windows 🙁 I often wonder if lack of sunlight or the meat from unhappy animals is somehow transferred in the food we eat.
Lisa (from Chicken) says
February 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm
All chickens raised for meat in Canada can roam freely in their barns, there are no cages. However, many (if not most) chicken farmers raise their birds solely indoors. Some barns do have windows and natural light can get into the barn through the ventilation system, but, as a general rule, birds tend to be kept in dimmer light. That being said, they certainly aren’t in pitch darkness.
There are a lot of predator, climate, disease and safety concerns that farmers must think about on an ongoing basis. But, we like to make sure consumers have a choice in the chicken they buy, so make those choices available when we can.
Organic chicken does have general requirements in which the chicken must have access to the outdoors – the birds may decide they don’t want to go, but they have access. Free-range is a little less defined – and I’d worry, for example, about free-range local chicken sold here in Ottawa in the middle of a February polar vortex – sometimes, in the winter, you may want to ensure that the fresh, free-range chicken you’re buying wasn’t previously frozen (if you’re looking for fresh chicken, of course, otherwise, fill yer boots, as they say).
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