Product

What is the difference between 100% all-natural and organic chicken? 
The USDA requires “natural” meat and poultry contain no artificial ingredients or added color and are only minimally processed.  "Organic" refers to both the processing and production of food and poultry, and must meet additional government standards in order to be certified organic. 

Does NatureRaised Farms® fresh chicken contain any added ingredients?
No. We’re committed to delivering all-natural foods with no compromise. It’s a point of pride for us that our farmers and producers never add hormones, steroids or antibiotics to the chickens – and never will.

Your packaging says that NatureRaised Farms® fresh chicken is nothing but “all natural* chicken.” Isn’t this the case with all chicken?
Some chicken contains added ingredients injected into the muscle to tenderize or flavor it. USDA requires that any meat that’s labeled “100% All Natural” have no artificial ingredients and be minimally processed. We’re proud to meet that standard.

Does NatureRaised Farms® chicken contain any allergens?
NatureRaised Farms® fresh chicken products do not have any ingredients that may be allergens. If you purchase prepared chicken that has been marinated, breaded or grilled, please review the ingredient list for the declared allergen statement.

Animal Welfare

What is your company's animal welfare policy?
Our goal is simple: to provide a great living environment and care for our animals. The chickens are raised in modern barns, not cages. They receive adequate lighting, and fresh air. Temperatures are computer-controlled for comfort year-round. The chickens are provided barn enrichments and other natural elements for them to perch on and climb. In our beef and pork supply chains, farmers follow Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance Programs that include animal welfare requirements.  Under our Farm Check program, farms in our supply chain are subject to third party audits to verify responsible animal raising practices.

Are your beef or pork products humanely raised?
We do not market our beef and pork products based on animal welfare claims like humanely raised.  However, we do work closely with farmers to ensure that the animals in our supply chain are cared for properly.  In our beef and pork supply chains, farmers follow Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance Programs that include animal welfare requirements.  Under our Farm Check program, farms in our supply chain are subject to third party audits to verify responsible animal raising practices.

Is your chicken cage free?
Yes, our chicken is cage free! On our farms, our animals live in comfortable and interactive environments with the space they need to exhibit natural behavior. They are unobstructed and have room to move freely and grow. If you have any additional questions about our products, please contact us at contactus@natureraisedfarms.com. Thank you!

I noticed your label says that your chickens are raised "cage free." What does that mean?
"Cage free" means chickens are not raised in cages and are able to walk freely. Our chickens are raised in modern barns and we provide barn enrichments and other natural elements to ensure a comfortable and interactive environment. Plus, they’re protected from inclement weather, extreme temperatures, disease and predators. The barns offer state-of-the-art ventilation and lighting, and in addition, some are even equipped with curtains that are raised during good weather to allow natural light and fresh air inside.

Are your chickens fed GMO food?
No, we do not feed our chickens GMO food. There is always a small chance that our animals are fed GMOs through inadvertent cross contact of our feed with GMO feed, but we take every step to try and prevent this from happening. We always make sure that our chickens are fed a 100% vegetarian diet with no antibiotics or hormones. Our farmers also make sure that our chickens have good nutrition and the best living conditions that are comfortable and modern. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at contactus@natureraisedfarms.com. Thank you!

Are you GAP certified?
Although we are not currently GAP certified, we are dedicated to providing the best product we can. In order to do this, we provide our animals with a 100% vegetarian diet, no antibiotics ever, and no added hormones. We also ensure that our animals are in a comfortable and interactive environment. For any additional questions, please contact us at contactus@natureraisedfarms.com. Thank you!

What does "no antibiotics—EVER" mean?
We consider our farmers and employees the stewards of our chickens; we require that they follow strict protocols to ensure animal welfare and quality living conditions for the chickens. Through training, ongoing monitoring, and internal and third-party audits and reviews, we make sure that our standards are followed by our family farmers.

What does "no added hormones" mean?
By the USDA's definition, "no added hormones" means that no hormones have been administered to the chicken for any reason. In fact, federal regulations prohibit the use of added hormones or steroids in chicken, pork, and turkey.

If there are no hormones added to your chicken, why doesn’t your label read "hormone-free?"
Like most animals, chickens naturally produce hormones in their own bodies, so there will always be some natural hormones present in the meat.

Can NatureRaised Farms® tell me which farm my chicken came from?
We are able to trace every chicken back to the farm it originated. On each package you will find a product code and production date, please email these to contactus@natureraisedfarms.com and we will be able to send you the requested information.

Overall, how do you ensure the proper animal welfare of your flocks?
We are able to trace every chicken back to the farm it originated. On each package you will find a product code and production date, please email these to contactus@natureraisedfarms.com and we will be able to send you the requested information.

Sustainability

I see on your website references to sustainable business practices. What is NatureRaised Farms doing to support communities and the environment?
Economic, environmental and social sustainability are simply the way we do business at NatureRaised Farms. We believe in conserving and protecting natural resources and supporting local communities.

Is the whole chicken packaging recyclable? Is your plastic tray recyclable? How do I know? 
In the U.S., we don’t have national standards for recycling. On the bottoms of our trays, you will see a recycling code that denotes the appropriate recycling code. Use this code to check with your local recycling station to see if they recycle our packaging. You can also visit earth911.com to find other recycling options near you.