The USDA definition of Free Range Chickens is, "producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside," applies only to poultry meat (not egg-laying hens) and suggests that the animals were raised in an unconfined environment. However, the USDA’s requirement is somewhat vague and does not include any minimum amount of time for outdoor access. "Free-range" labels on beef, pork, and eggs are not regulated.
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We all know that grocery shopping can be a hassle, especially nowadays with prices of food and produce skyrocketing in the past few years. Not to mention the fact that the food industry has made it their personal goal to pump the most amount of hormones into our food possible, as well as genetic mutations to help influence growth.
Chicken Coop Craze
It is important to supply your chickens with the proper amount of space, which in this case would include having a coop that is large enough to accommodate all of the livestock that you purchase. You want to ensure that your chickens are not sitting on top of each other, nor cooped up too tightly.
Chickens which are allowed to roam around as free-range chickens are generally healthier and happier, as they are allotted enough exercise, and therefore produce more nutritious meat and eggs. For this reason, you have to make sure that you have a large enough enclosed area for your chickens to graze around when they are not in their coop.Read More
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