People are no longer putting up with Commercial Chicken practices. The only way to guarantee your food is healthy is to "Know your farmer and to Know your food", Here at Louderbranch Farms we believe that it is very important to “Know your Farmer Know your Food” but it is equally important for the farmer to know their customer. Commercial Chickens
A lot of commercial chickens are raised in a confined area. They never feel grass under their feet. They may never see the sunshine. They may never get to roam around the pasture freely. They never taste their natural foods which are worms and bugs. They never get to scratch around they never simply get the chance to just be a chicken.
Our broilers are raised in chicken tractors and are moved daily. They have plenty of room, grass and bugs. We do not let them roam freely due to predators. Broilers get large quickly and would have a hard time getting away from the fox family that lives in our pasture. Most commercial broilers are pumped full of grains that make them so fat that their legs give out from under them. When this happens they are pumped full of antibiotics to alleviate or reduce the situation. It helps strengthen the birds legs to help them survive until processing day. We do not use any steroids, growth hormones or antibiotics on our birds.
Our Layers are raised in a rather large hen house with plenty of nest boxes. We keep them up at night for their safety. We let them out mid morning after they have had enough time to lay their eggs for the day. They get to roam in the pastures for the rest of the day. Late in the evening they all return to the hen house which makes it easy to put them up for the night. We gather our eggs daily and prepare them for your pleasure. There is such a difference in a farm fresh egg and one that has been on the shelf a month or so. It's real easy to run to the store and pay less than a dollar for a dozen but you really don't know what you are getting other than a dozen eggs really cheap. The taste and color of a farm fresh egg is "eggs-traordinary". It is well worth the extra money that you might have to pay for your family to get to experience the freshness.
Treatment of the Bird
Here at Louderbranch Farms we do not use any steroids, growth hormones or antibiotics. We do use grains. It is a special blend that is milled for us at our local feed mill. The grains are limited to a certain amount per day. They do not have unlimited access to feed.
You see labels in the grocery store such as organic, free range and farm fresh. Sadly organic and free range birds may be no better for your family to eat! Organic just means that a government agency has certified the chickens feed. It contains no pesticides or unnatural fertilizers. However these birds may still be living their life in a box in misery with these boxes being stacked on one another. I am sure you get the picture. The free range label is not much better off. This term is widely misused by chicken producers. If the same producers that have these birds in a confined area cut a small hole in their wall it is then considered free range because the chickens have the opportunity to explore. As for the farm fresh label I guess that just means it was fresh when it left the farm. We actually saw a box of watermelons that was in a big chain store and the label actually said in huge letters "Grown by Farmers". I mean did we really think that the aliens grew them for us to eat. Labels are most of the time just that an attention getter.
Here at LBF aka Louderbranch Farms we consider our birds free range. They may be in a chicken tractor or a hen house for their safety at times but they have room to forage and scratch around. They get the chance to be a chicken. We are committed to providing our community a healthy alternative to the meat with all the preservatives and additives and no telling what else. We believe in letting our birds just be themselves a Chicken! LBF Chickens say eat more Beef!