In our organic systems, the chickens have outdoor access for at least a third of their life, and a larger space allowance outside (at least 4 square metres) than in free range systems.
Our Organic chickens are slower growing, and more traditional. They commonly grow at half the rate of chickens on intensive farms and live for at least 70 days before slaughter.
The natural life of chickens
Chickens are gregarious birds and live together as a flock with a distinct hierarchy or “pecking order.” They would naturally spend their day foraging for food, scratching the ground looking for insects and seeds.
When a cockerel finds food, he may call the hens to eat it by clucking in a high pitch and picking up and dropping the food. This behaviour can also be seen in mother hens, calling their chicks.Chickens tend to range widely, using the cover of trees and vegetation for safety from predators