And that’s because these broilers eat expensive organic (but nutritious) feed and thrive in more sanitary living conditions where they don’t wallow in their own poop compared to factory chickens. They’re also raised without antibiotics.
The organic method of poultry farming also restricts certain additives and requires chicken to be two square meters before slaughter. It takes some 12 weeks to attain this target.
But the feed’s the important thing and much of these vitamin packed feeds are imported because the United States can’t still produce enough to meet the massive demand.
All of these expensive precautions should make for more healthier and disease free (like from salmonella, for example) broilers, right?
The U.S. is the world’s top producer of organic chickens. It’s also the world’s Number One producer of chickens with 18.3 million metric tons in 2018. Brazil and China are next in line.
A new study reveals chickens raised without antibiotics (such as organic birds) might have fewer types of antibiotic-resistant salmonella than those raised on factory farms.
Salmonella is probably the most common infection among poultry. This fact forces some large poultry farms to feed antibiotics to their chickens to prevent the birds from getting sick and dying.