As consumers, we are bombarded with labels when shopping for food. What do they all mean and which is best? When the choice is between a pasture-raised chicken and one that is labeled organic, the difference comes down to how the chicken was treated during its life-span.
A pasture-raised chicken is one that has been allowed to roam free in a pasture. It eats seeds, insects, and earthworms found in the field and spends all of its time on grass, out in fresh air and sunshine.These lucky birds live on a minimum of 2.5 acres of outdoor space per 1,000 chickens. They are given no hormones, drugs, or antibiotics. In other words, these chickens live as naturally as a chicken can and are under no unnecessary stress.
At Rafter W Ranch, chickens have complete access to pasture. They live a great life outdoors. You, the consumer, get to enjoy tender, succulence while satisfying dietary restrictions such as no wheat, no corn, and no by-products. This is honestly the healthiest chicken you can buy and eat.
Organic chickens are those that have been raised according to guidelines that make a food product organic. They are only allowed to eat USDA-certified organic feed, making them free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, additives, or animal by-products. “Free-range” criteria, which is basically access to the outdoors, must be met. They may carry any of the following terms: natural, antibiotic-free, farm-raised, fresh, cage-free, and hormone-free. It all sounds good, but sometimes minimal accommodations are made to fit within compliance.
Knowing the farmer is the best way to guarantee that proper protocol is being followed in how a chicken is raised. At Rafter W Ranch, a family-owned business with a history of treating livestock right, you get the best of both worlds, pasture-raised AND organically fed. Chickens that live well, taste better. Visit us if you desire to feed your family right.