Poultry is farmed in the UK in three ways:
There are welfare standards for intensive farming, but up to 50,000 chickens can be kept in barns in dim light, giving them little room to move to ensure they fatten up faster. They are killed after six weeks.
Free-range chickens spend half their lives outside and are given longer to grow and fatten. These are killed at eight weeks.
Organic chickens live in flocks of less than 500, roam freely on land free from pesticides and fertilisers, are fed on at least 80% organic, non-genetically modified feed and are 11 weeks old before they're killed.
Many people prefer to buy British chicken, but how do you know where your chicken has come from? Look for the Red Tractor label on the packaging. This label means that it's been produced and packed in the UK keeping to standards that include all aspects of chicken welfare, such as housing, feed, health and hygiene.
Chicken statistics from www.greatbritishchicken.co.uk
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