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Our free-range chickens have access to spacious pasture areas.


Our Global Animal Partnership certified “Level 5” farms use a heritage breed.

Free-Range and Organic Chickens

While the definition of free-range only requires access to the outdoors, we know consumers expect more than the minimum standard. All of our organic and other free-range chickens are raised on Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certified farms ranked GAP 2 or above, and that meet all the welfare requirements of the National Organic Program. This includes natural sunlight; open, fresh-air ventilation; enrichments (such as bales of hay or straw that add complexity to the chicken’s environment) and access to outdoor areas that are typically at least half the size of the chicken house.

To encourage birds to go outside, we have multiple doors—situated approximately every 50 feet—running the length of the chicken house. Sunshades or awnings over each doorway also encourage birds to venture outdoors, as does outdoor water access. The pasture is a mixture of grass and earthen areas, allowing the birds to forage and take dust baths. In GAP 2–4 farms, birds are allowed outside during the daytime once their feathers are fully developed to protect them from the elements, which is typically around four weeks of age. Birds may come indoors at night and when temperatures are too cold for their comfort.

For GAP 5 farms, birds have perches and are allowed 24-hour access to the outdoors. This program uses a heritage breed that is better suited to the outdoors.


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