Wondering what the label "organic chicken" entails? In order to be certified organic, chicken farms must follow a strict set of guidelines and also must be inspected each year by a third-party certification body to ensure compliance with those standards. These standards include:
- The chickens must be raised organically no later than two days after they hatch.
- They must be fed certified organic feed for their entire lives. Organic feed cannot contain animal by-products, antibiotics or genetically engineered grains and cannot be grown using persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
- It is prohibited to give drugs, antibiotics and hormones to organic birds (please note: federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising poultry).
- All birds must have outdoor access.