What is an “air-cooled” chicken or turkey? What do chickens eat? Are chickens fed with hormones?
What is an “air-cooled” chicken or turkey?
Once they are slaughtered, poultry must be chilled quickly. There are two methods to accomplish this: air cooling in a refrigerated room and water chilling in a basin filled with ice water. Air-cooled birds contain less water and shrink less when cooked. Some people also find them more tasty.
What do chickens eat?
Chickens are fed a diet made up in large part (88%) of grains and cereal by-products. So you can say that all chickens are “grain fed”. Vitamins and minerals are added to ward off nutritional deficiencies.
Are chickens fed hormones?
Chicken feed contains no hormones. Administering hormones to chicken in any form has been restricted in Canada since the 1960s.
From egg to chick
Eggs hatch 21 days after being laid. The same day, we transfer the chick from the hatchery to the chicken coop.
That means chicks are raised free (and not caged) in a clean and well-ventilated space where the temperature and humidity are controlled. They can eat and drink as much as they want and move around at will on a floor covered with straw or soft, dry wood chips.
Growing a chicken to under 2 kg (4.4 lb) takes about 40 days on average.