Free Range?

When the USDA certifies a package of chicken as free range, it means that the chicken had access to the outdoors. There are no requirements for length of time spent outdoors, the size of the outdoor area or the type of ground cover. There is no guarantee that the chicken ever ventured out of the enclosure.

Did your free range chicken even make it outside?

What’s the Difference Between Fryers, Roasters & Other Sizes of Chicken?

All chickens that are bred and raised specifically for meat production. The term “broiler” is mostly used for a young chicken, 6 to 10 weeks old, and is interchangeable and sometimes in conjunction with the term “fryer,” for example “broiler-fryer.”

Our chickens – Fryer — A fryer chicken is between 7 and 10 weeks old and weighs between 2-½ and 3-½ pounds when processed.

Their chickens – Roaster — A roaster chicken is an older chicken, about 3 to 5 months old and weighing between 5 and 7 pounds.

Rock Cornish Game Hens — Despite its name, the Cornish game hen is not game but is a very young broiler chicken, slaughtered after 4 weeks, and weighing between 1 and 1-1/2 pounds.  The game hen is a hybrid chicken, a cross between a Cornish Game and a Plymouth or White Rock chicken.

Capon — A surgically unsexed male chicken about 16 weeks to 8 months old, weighing between 4 and 7 pounds.

Stewing Hen — a mature laying hen, 10 months to 1-½ years old, and can only be used for stewing.

Getting your chicken at the store?

Did you know most stores keep their chicken below 32 degrees and still call them fresh? That’s because the government guidelines say as long as the internal temperature has never been below 26 degrees you can label it fresh.

That might be why store bought chicken has that hard chilled/frozen feel to it.

Is that fresh to you? Is that what you want?