Frequently Asked Questions
Are your FreeBird® chickens free-range?
Yes, only our certified organic chicken are free-range. We raise all of our chickens in naturally-ventilated barns where they have ample space to roam. These buildings provide them with shelter from weather extremes, protection from diseases that wild fowl carry, and easy access to fresh feed and water on demand. By providing a free roaming atmosphere, temperature-controlled housing, and plenty of feed and water, our chickens thrive well in a stress-free environment. They are free to roam, but protected from environmental stresses.
Does your feed contain GMOs?
Our organic line is non-GMOs [genetically modified organisms], since our organic feed is non-GMO. We cannot make a non-GMO claim for our natural* line, although our goal is to always avoid sourcing feed that contains GMOs when possible.
What does a "natural*" label mean on chicken?
A “natural*” label on chicken means the product has only been minimally processed and contains no artificial ingredients.
What are the requirements to label a chicken as organic?
Government regulations specify the requirements which include that a certified organic chicken must be kept free range, never given antibiotics, and fed a vegetarian diet containing certified organic grains.
Do you ever use growth hormones and steroids**?
Never. Government regulations prohibit their use.
What do you feed your chickens?
We feed our flocks a balanced diet of fortified vegetarian grains on demand so they never know hunger. No artificial additives, animal fats or by-products are ever used in our feed. Our certified organic flocks are fed only non-GMO (genetically modified organisims) organic-certified grains in accordance with government regulations.
Is your chicken gluten-free?
Yes. Chicken does not include gluten. Our chicken deli meats are gluten-free and casein-free. Please read the ingredients labels and get in touch with us with any ingredient or allergy questions.
Do you use Roxarsone in the feed?
We don’t use Roxarsone (an arsenical compound found in many conventional feeds) in our feeds and never have.
I only eat meat from poultry that has been humanely raised†. How can I be assured your chickens are humanely raised†?
At FreeBird®, our practices meet or exceed the industry standard. Our chickens are raised humanely† in a stress-free environment, and our programs are audited by outside entities recognized as top authorities on animal welfare. Please click here for more information.
How much chicken should I purchase for my family gathering?
We recommend one to 1-1/2 pounds of uncooked chicken per person for a whole bird presentation.
How long does it take to roast a chicken?
Roasting time depends on size. The general rule is about 15 minutes per pound for an unstuffed FreeBird® chicken roasted at 325°F. Tent your chicken with foil so the breast remains moist while the chicken cooks through. Remove the foil about an hour before you expect the chicken will be finished so the outside browns evenly. We always recommend double checking that the internal temperature is 175°F.
How long can I keep a chicken in the freezer?
A frozen chicken can be kept in a 0º freezer indefinitely provided it’s in its original wrapping and has never been defrosted.
How long can I keep a fresh chicken in the refrigerator?
It’s best to keep your fresh chicken in the coldest part of your refrigerator – bottom shelf in back. Best to prepare by "Sell By" Date on box or price sticker.