Free-range chicken has been awarded one ‘Better Life’ star from the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals (Dierenbescherming). That makes this chicken a welfare-friendly choice.
Feed and living conditions
Free-range Chickens are raised under good housing conditions and have a longer life. The chicken house has a covered outdoor area, which is around 25% of the total surface of the house. The outdoor area offers not only fresh air, but also plenty of light. This ensures a natural day and night rhythm.
This chicken has a more robust, tender and fuller taste because it is a slower-growing breed. Free-range Chickens receive 100% plant-based feed every day, containing more than 70% grains.
Plenty of enrichment
The living environment is strewn with wood shavings so the chickens can scratch, in addition to straw bales, hiding places, and dust baths. In addition, grain is sprinkled daily to promote the natural behavior of the animals.
Entire process subject to strict requirements
The Free-range chicken with covered outdoor area has been awarded one ‘Better Life’ star and meets all EU requirements. To carry the ‘Better Life’ label, poultry meat producers must comply with an ‘integral chain management’ requirement for the entire process, from the breeding and hatchery stages to poultry farming, slaughtering and packaging. All steps must comply with strict integral chain management standards.