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Organic / Free range chickens

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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
Anybody done any research as to any retailer that is selling the most reasonably priced organic / free range and higher welfare chickens.
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Every few months or so last year, M&S would reduce their Oakham chickens to half price (so down from £7-£8 to £3.50 or so. These chickens are freerange and properly fed (so I don't think totally organic) and a) you can REALLY taste and feel the difference in the quality of meat and b) if you look at the feet, a good way of telling if a chicken has had a good or bad life is if you can see any burns/discolourations on the tough skin there which get caused from not moving around and standing/sitting in piles of acidic wee etc.. all day (its amazing just how much of this you see if you look at the cheap chickens in supermarkets) I never found any indication of this on the Oakham chickens - showing that they get space to run around in.
So I'm hopeful that M&S will carry on doing this and I can stock my freezer up with 6-10 chickens each time!
#2
Hi, been on a mission all week, Tesco sell the higher welfare chickens for about £1 more than the standard 2 for a £5, while their Free Range are about £3.50 - £4 more for the same weight, Morrisons Free range are about £6 more, Sainsbury`s were the dearest at £11 for a free range organic 1.5 kg chicken
#3
The M&S Oakham chickens are lovely, been keeping an eye out for them on offer again
#4
Someone else has been watching Hugh's Chicken Run this week :giggle:
#5
Money Spinning
Someone else has been watching Hugh's Chicken Run this week :giggle:


i was thinking Jamie's foul dinners that was just on.
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#7
First post on a topical and emotive subject

http://www.rspca.org.uk/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RSPCACampaigns/Consumers/Higherwelfarechickensurvey&articleid=1099596656273

set the band-wagon rolling

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/11/nflu111.xml

indicates how marketing over-rides ethical concerns when dealing with a profitable commodity

http://www.cok.net/lit/freerange.php

suggests to me at least that with the possible exception of Waitrose the words ' supermarket ' and ' welfare ' don't match . I buy chickens from small suppliers who can prove the source , preferring quality over quantity . Agreeing well-kept poultry does cost more I'd rather support local growers .
#8
fskinner
Hi, been on a mission all week, Tesco sell the higher welfare chickens for about £1 more than the standard 2 for a £5, while their Free Range are about £3.50 - £4 more for the same weight, Morrisons Free range are about £6 more, Sainsbury`s were the dearest at £11 for a free range organic 1.5 kg chicken


I have to say the M&S Oakham chickens are the best of all the supermarkets including Waitrose. With the taste of all other organic, free range... chickens I believe from my own taste and texture tests that there is virtually no difference between these other supermarket chickens and "factory" intensive chickens. The extra welfare and free range that these chickens get is marginal. Until I have seen a video of the chickens I no longer believe the supermarkets. When Tesco did the free range chickens 10 years' ago they were really free range (you may recall these TV adverts about 10 years ago , about 1985). The taste of those chickens were delicious and the meat very firm. BUT no more, today, the only free range ones are the Tesco's staff and certainly not the chickens. As to the "barn" in barn eggs, no, the chickens do not live in barns, the "barn" refers to where the farmers and the Tesco execs live! There is no such chicken that has had fair and reasonable amount of welfare that costs less than £8. It is highly unlikely that any chicken that cost less than £5 is free range except may be for about 1 day in its 60 days of life.
#9
it`s all very misleading, i have been in Tescos, Co-op, Morrisons.Sainsburys,Iceland,Asda, which are the main supermarkets in my town, also been to my local market to research what the price difference is and what the labels actually say, as i am part of the majority who never gave it a second thought how these "bargain" chickens were reared, after watching the CHICKENOUT program i was ashamed and want to change what i buy, but price is a major factor, there are no genuine markets here for about 50 miles, you can`t really trust the supermarkets as all they are interested in is profit, so what am i supposed to do, i feel that i am being forced to eat the intensive farmed birds. the total number of free range on sale in the above supermarkets were 16 chickens and roughly 250 of the "fresh" chicken.
#10
I think we need to clarify the Oakham chicken debate here.

Marks & Spencer stocks 'Oakham Gold free-range chicken' and 'Organic free-range chicken' which meet higher welfare criteria including six hours of darkness per 24-hour period.

Marks & Spencer also stocks 'Fresh chicken' and 'Oakham White chicken' - these are not higher welfare products as defined by the RSPCA as they are reared at stocking densities of up to 34kg/m2. However, this is in-line with the government's recommendations for stocking density and is slightly better than the industry standard of 38kg/m2 - often used by other supermarkets for their 'standard' range of chickens.
The 'Oakham White' is typically slaughtered from 41 days onwards as the birds are ten per cent slower growing than the standard produced bird ('Fresh chicken').

"Oakham chicken is exclusive to Marks & Spencer and has been specially selected to be slower growing for improved animal welfare, as well as flavour and texture. We have retained our position on having low stocking density for our indoor produced birds - a maximum of 34kg/m2. Our suppliers have undertaken significant investment in both new poultry housing and upgrading of existing buildings over the last 12 months to ensure optimum housing standards."


This is from the RSPCA website.
I used to think that ALL Oakham chickens were free range but unless they are specifically marked as such they are not.
I am not trying to irritate anybody but these are the facts.Marks and Spencer are actually one of the best supermarkets for animal welfare but they still have a long way to go.:)
#11
At the end of the day the supermarkets will tell us what they think we want to hear!

M&S have the Oakham chickens on offer at 25% off

At least M&S are trying on the animal welfare front, where as some of the others don't seem to be doing anything!
#12
I went to Asda yesterday and the sum total of the free range offering was thus:

1 x free range chicken
4 x 2 free range chicken legs

and about 1 million standard birds.

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