You care about the food you consume and how it was raised. We can relate. So, we have done our best to help define the methods used to raise Just BARE® chickens and clear the air around some common labeling claims like, “Organic” and “Natural”.
Not sure what this really means? Well, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has defined “natural” as a product that has no artificial ingredients, coloring ingredients, or chemical preservatives, and is minimally processed. We agree, so that’s how we define it too!
Just BARE® has products that are USDA Certified Organic. How do we define Organic? The same way the USDA does. Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods.” The USDA is very specific about the specifications required to carry the USDA Organic label. Held to these strict standards, we are verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent to confirm that we are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity and using only approved substances.
No Added Hormones:
Lots of consumers think that the use of added hormones is common practice in the poultry industry. The facts? Chickens have been free of artificial or added hormones since the 1950’s and the use of such hormones is strictly prohibited and regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
No Antibiotics Ever (NAE):
Our chickens do not receive antibiotics in the course of their lifetime. In the event a bird does get sick and needs treatment, we engage our veterinarian team to assess the bird and conduct the appropriate treatment plan. If the bird is treated with an antibiotic, it is placed into a different production program and never sold as Just BARE® chicken.
American Humane Certified™ (AHC):
Our Just BARE® All Natural chicken products are American Humane Certified™. What does that mean exactly? American Humane Certified™ is a program that provides third-party, independent audits to help verify that the care and handling of our chickens meet the science-based animal welfare standards of the American Humane Certified™ program.
Bottom line, we have a moral and ethical obligation to maintain the health of our chickens and treat them humanely–an obligation we take very seriously. From breeding, to hatching, to processing, our policy is straightforward. Zero tolerance. Zero tolerance for any deliberate abuse or mistreatment of our chickens.
Our family farm partners take pride in feeding our chickens a vegetable and grain diet, with our Organic flocks receiving certified organic feed. Fresh, clean water is also readily available. Our grains are carefully sourced, including corn and soy to help make sure our birds get off to a good start. As the bird grows, its nutritional needs change. That’s where our flock nutritionists come in. They make sure we’re meeting the nutritional and developmental needs of the bird every step of the way.
Broiler chickens–chickens raised for meat–are not raised in cages. This is an industry standard and Just BARE® chickens are no exception. Our chickens are raised in large, open barns known as “growout houses”, where they roam freely and are protected from outside hazards like predators and weather. Our houses also provide climate control and ventilation maintaining a temperature for the comfort of our chickens throughout each stage of growth.
The health of our birds is our number one priority. Because of this, we have strict biosecurity protocols in place that protect our birds from unwelcome elements (i.e. diseases, predators, rodents, etc.). Our family farm partners are diligent in the care they provide and following these protocols. The result? You can rest assured you’re getting high-quality, safe chicken.