Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industy - Food Dialogues

Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industy

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Did you know there are guidelines and checklists which have been widely adopted in the chicken industry? Consumers and industry professionals want to ensure that all animals being raised for food are treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives. The people and companies involved in raising chickens realize they have an obligation to make sure that animals on their farms are well cared for.

Broilers (young meat chicken) are not raised in cages. They are raised in large, open structures known as growout houses. The earthen floor of the house is covered with bedding material. Additionally, most growout houses have enclosed watering systems to reduce spillage and keep the litter dry.

Traditionally, a flock of broilers consists of about 20,000 birds in a growout house that measures 400 feet long and 40 feet wide (an area of about 16,000 square feet). More modern houses are often larger and contain more birds.

Chicken feed consists of corn and soybean meal with the addition of vitamins and minerals. No hormones or steroids are allowed in raising chickens.

Proper Handling: 
Company personnel are required to handle the birds in an appropriate manner during pickup and arrival.

For more information on National Chicken Council Animal Welfare Guidelines, please visit: http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org/industry-issues/animal-welfare-for…