Our Organic Poultry
In the UK, we now eat more chicken than any other meat. Which means the production of chicken has become more and more industrialised to keep up with demand. At Coombe Farm, the welfare of the chicken we sell is critical to us, and that means saying a very firm no thank you, not ever, to factory farmed birds. We work with a specialist poultry farm based nearby in the Blackdown Hills. They rear all of our poultry in a free-range, organic environment and to the highest welfare standards. That means the birds have the freedom to roam outdoors during the day, with the shelter and safety of houses at night and in bad weather.
Roaming freely, scratching and foraging, chasing flies, taking dusts baths and basking in the sun are all natural behaviours. And being able to indulge natural behaviours is vital for happy, healthy chicken, ducks, geese and turkeys. Soil Association rules are stringent about the number of birds that live together, so all of our poultry comes from low-density flocks and they range on paddocks that are frequently rested, allowing vegetation to recover and preventing build-up of pests. Waterfowl have free access to ponds where they can swim, bathe and dabble.
Our organic poultry are slow-growing strains of bird that lay down meat evenly across the carcass. We don’t grow breeds that have been selectively modified to produce heavy breast meat, as that compromises welfare and healthy development. All of our birds eat an organic grain diet that’s supplemented by the grass, herbs, plants and insects the birds pick and catch as they forage. Plenty of activity, natural growth and a healthy diet all contribute to the production of top-quality meat with lots of flavour and robust texture. And our partner farmer has an on-farm processing unit where the birds are slaughtered. This means they’re despatched quickly and expertly, and don’t undergo a stressful journey to the abattoir.
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