Organic Free Range Chicken. Why Should You Care?

Organic Free Range Chicken. Why Should You Care?

In the past few years, there has been an increase in people interested to know where and how their food is grown. Non organic food is not only harmful to human health but has serious consequences to the environment and economy. 

How does a commercial chicken farm look like?

Commercial chicken farms work like factory units to farm 20,000-30,000 birds. These chickens are raised specifically for their meat. Today’s commercial chickens can weigh 2.2kg in 45 days.

The farms are only cleaned once every cycle. By the end of week 2 or 3, the entire floor will be covered with chicken faeces (poop) and the air has a pungent ammonia smell. Chickens living in such dreadful environments suffer more skin disease. 

The goal of commercial chicken farms is to produce as much chickens as possible for sale. This means providing water and feed that are medicated with drugs to control parasites or with large doses of antibiotics as necessary. 

When A Chicken Farm Moves Next Door, Odor May Not Be The Only Problem : The  Salt : NPR

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Shorter harvest cycle, but heavier chickens. 

To produce faster and more, commercially grown chickens are severely stressed. They suffer serious health complications as their bones, hearts and lungs are unable to grow as fast. Many innocent chickens also suffer heart attacks from insufficient oxygen to supply their oversized breast muscles. Find out more here.

Thankfully, our farmers grow HAPPY CHICKENS!

  • Chickens that are not raised in cramped conditions
  • Chickens that are well fed with chicken feed, black soldier fly and moringa leaves 

Look how happy our chickens are!

Image taken from organic chicken farm in Bentong, Pahang

Health benefits of organic free-range chickens

Organic and non-organic chickens are said to have similar nutritional content. 

However, organic chickens have 5-13% LOWER FAT CONTENT than non-organic chickens. These chickens have lean meat with low fat and cholesterol content. 

This is because our organic free-range chickens are allowed to exercise by ‘exploring’ the outdoors. To be officially classified as organic chickens, we feed it with organic food, grown without pesticides. 

Image taken from organic chicken farm in Bentong, Pahang

There are two types of free-range chicken:

Traditional free-range chicken

  • Smaller in size when mature
  • Slow growth
  • 112 days to grow
  • Weighs approximately 1kg to 1.3kg if fed purely on chicken feed

Hybrid free-range chicken

  • Potentially larger in size
  • Faster growth compared to traditional kampung chicken
  • At least 80 days to mature
  • Weighs approximately 1.5kg if fed purely on chicken feed
  • Hybrid is a result of matching imported female chicken and traditional male kampung chicken

Organic is tough. How do our farmers raise chickens organically?

Raising chickens organically is indeed a tough job. But because our chicken farmers are small flock owners, they do not experience serious problems like those of commercial farms. 

Farmers’ practice daily chicken inspection to identify any signs of diseases or behavioral changes as early as possible. 

In addition, it is necessary for the coop to have good ventilation, space and light. Our farmers also do not place new chickens in a flock with other older chickens to reduce stress and chances of disease spread. 

There are many more techniques that our farmers practice to produce the highest quality of organic free-range chicken. I will share more in the future posts when I learn more from them. 

Check out our organic free range chicken here.

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