Statements and Responses
Perdue statement on slower growing chickens
As part of our Animal Care Commitment, we are investigating the implications of breeding and growth rate in both breeders, the flocks that provide eggs to our hatcheries, and in broilers. As the National Chicken Council notes in its news release today, switching to slow-growth breeds has multiple implications for bird health and wellbeing, environmental impact, and meat quality as well as cost for producers and consumers, and more research is needed for better understanding.
We began 18 months ago exploring various ways to slow growth of existing breeds as well as utilizing heritage breeds to determine ways that have a meaningful, positive impact on the wellbeing of our chickens and that address consumer concerns about how their food is raised.
Learn more about the changes we’re making to improve the care of all our chickens.