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OMEGA-3 CHICKEN

Omega-3 Chicken Were they Raised Humanly

All chicken meat birds grow very fast. A crossbred meat chicken grows even faster. For decades chicken fanciers (breeders) have selected their meat birds for growth in the same way that they selected laying hens for laying the most eggs per year. When raising Omega-3 Chickens we make sure our chicks are kept in clean, protected environments where they do not get stressed out. In less than eight weeks they reach fryer and roaster weights. At that age they are immature birds, only half of their mature weight. Three- to four-week old chickens cannot be left outside unless the temperature is above 70 degrees. Younger chicks still require a heat source. Look at THIS. That's why the so-called pastured meat birds must spend half their life inside or with only limited access to being outside. Four weeks is considered to be a long time for meat chickens to have outside access.

Pastured chicken mortality is relatively high. The birds are easily stressed. When outside they are vulnerable to hawks, coyotes, foxes, skunks, bobcats, and more. Another killer is quick changes in the weather. Fast building thunderstorms, exceptionally cold nights, hail, even very high winds can take a toll. So protection is a top priority.

It is possible to humanely raise chickens indoors just like pet birds are raised indoors. Sure, if chickens get crowded together and the barn is dirty, that's not proper. But if they have plenty of room to move about, are in a controlled environment, the barn is clean, they have access to clean water, can go outside and eat grass and bugs and not be vulnerable to predators, and are always fed a superior ration (not loaded with corn and soy) like our chickens are fed, they are very happy and healthy chickens.

 

When raising meat chickens we have two primary objectives. The first is to provide the finest food for human health as possible. Chronic diseases are caused by unhealthy diets and they destroy the health and well-being of people -- including our children. Secondly, when it comes to livestock, the happier they are the more profitable the operation. This is true for all livestock operations. Therefore it's not only the love of animals that drive humane treatment but economic sustainability.

As said at the beginning, we were always disappointed in the nutritional characteristics of typically-raised Pastured Chickens. They are fed bad diets and many of them die to exposure, even though they may be outside eating some grass and bugs for three to four weeks. So that model is not all that it's cracked up to be.

Ted Slanker’s earliest memories of chickens on his grandfather's farm date back to 1950. He grew to love chickens and to this day he is fond of all birds. This why we try to explain to consumers that the idea that most livestock are mistreated is one of the great PETA myths. Aside from a few bad seeds, ALL livestock producers love what they do and love their critters. If they didn't they are in a living hell because it's not an easy business and it DEMANDS their attention 365 days a year. Also, unhappy animals are unprofitable animals. Amazingly, some people in the cities and towns seem to think that animals that are pampered are being mistreated while animals that live in a more violent wild state have the life of Riley. This "common knowledge" is a big part of the red meat war. It's like as if the masses (seven billion people in the world) should all just starve, eat grain and suffer more chronic diseases, or pay way more for food that doesn't provide better nourishment.

Omega-3 Chicken: What "exactly" were they fed?

We can't provide precise details about our proprietary feed, but it follows this path: If you listen to what dietitians tell us to eat, (whole wheat, greens, omega-3, minerals, avoid as much omega-6 as possible, etc.) their advice is a hint. But loads of corn and soy are totally avoided. This approach is the only way to raise chickens with the nutritional profile that is best for us humans. It does result in a very healthy chicken.

The objective of the feed is to raise a meat product that, when it's analyzed for nutrients, is the best meat for us to eat.  Just like people, the chicken is literally what it eats. 

What about hormones, antibiotics, and processing methods for our Grass Fed Chicken?

These points are no longer really valid bragging points except for people who can't think of something better to say about their products. Nobody feeds hormones in any form to chickens. Hormones have been outlawed since about 1950. So it is definitely not a big deal for us to make that claim. In addition, our chickens are not fed antibiotics and are air chilled when processed. These later two points will soon be standard practices in the entire chicken industry. They are no longer major bragging points for the sale these days. But what is cutting edge, what is critically important for the consumer, what is really exceptional is that our chickens are Omega-3 chickens that have healthy EFA profiles. We think they are the world’s healthiest poultry products you can eat. 

How are they packaged?

Most of our poultry products are vacuum packed, frozen, and freezer ready for long-term storage. It's always possible that some packs may arrive with a small tear or hole in the wrapping. If the wrapping stays tight around the product the potential for freezer burn is limited to what’s exposed directly under the hole. To prevent that, a small hole in a tight vacuum pack can be simply taped shut. But if the wrap is loose and the meat slides around inside the pack, it's best to rewrap the meat in a vacuum sealed bag for longer term storage. If the meat will be consumed within a few weeks, just wrap with cling wrap. There are no safety issues involved with small rips in the frozen meat packs.

When defrosting meat packs always make sure to place them in a pan or deep dish to collect the juices. Our meat packs do not have soaker pads in them. Therefore when they are defrosting some meat juice may leak from the packaging.

The price of our poultry products will change somewhat with the price of feed, processing, and custom raising costs. In addition, prices may be adjusted in response to supply and demand. Consequently, all prices are subject to change -- usually without prior notice.