Buying chicken

Buy free range

Cheap chickens are bred to grow so fast their bones, heart and lungs often can’t keep up, causing crippling lameness or heart failure. They don’t get to go outside and big chicken farms cram up to 50,000 birds into one shed.

Buy Higher Welfare Indoor

If you can’t afford free range look for higher welfare indoor chicken such as RSPCA Freedom Food standard which gives birds a better quality of life than the standard Red Tractor farm-assured scheme.

Remember – when you’re eating out ask if the chicken on your plate or in your sandwich is free range.

Download our Consumer Guide to supermarket chicken (68KB PDF).

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Freerange Review is a community food website, supported by River Cottage, which helps you find good, local food suppliers. It also lets you review what’s on offer, and recommend a company to others.

If you are a supplier of free range or organic chickens, you can add your company to Free Range Review and its users will be able to find your products!


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