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What makes a chicken organic?

Posted on September 28, 2012

To be organic, specific standards must be met–and certified–by an independent, third party. FreeBird Organic Chickens are certified by QAI.

To be certified as organic, the chickens must be fed an organic diet for their entire lives. (Organic feed is grown in soil that has been free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides for at least three years.) They cannot receive antibiotics or drugs and must have access to the outdoors.

The third party certifier checks the farms, feed mills and processing plants and there must be a paper trail from egg hatching, through growing, processing and distribution.