Take a look at the chicken labels next time you go shopping. As someone who raises their own, this new trend is getting pretty annoying.
Top 4 Myths About Mass Produced Chicken Debunked
1. There are NO HORMONES OR STEROIDS approved by the USDA for use in any meat poultry.
2. All meat chickens are “cage free”. There are usually thousands of chicken packed into a warehouse with a
few windows in the ceiling for light. No cages! If the label says “free range”, it only means they are allowed access to the outside. (could be 10min a day or none…..as long as there’s a door accessible by the 10,000-20,000 chickens in the warehouse)
To clarify, hens are often raised in cages for egg production. So, if you buy eggs that say “cage free” it’s a relevant claim. Whether or not there’s any benefit to cage free eggs is another discussion. For meat chickens, cages are costly, take up space and are not ideal for growth.
3. Most mass-produced chickens are fed a steady vegetarian diet of corn and soy. This is actually a bad thing, in my opinion. Chickens are omnivores, they need to be eating a variety of bugs and forage.
4. There are zero GM (genetically modified) chickens in the poultry industry. Selective breeding….yes. Meat chickens are bred to have large breasts and tender meat. (Whatever myth your aunt told you about KFC chickens is false)
From my experience, these large breasted meat chickens are worthless as an outdoor farm chicken. They don’t forage, they die easily and they’re weak….but they’re tasty!