Farm to Table
Every chicken starts on the farm. Learn how it ends up on your dinner table.
Chicken companies purchase day-old female breeder chicks, called “Pullets.” At 20 weeks old, they join fellow breeder hens and roosters on the farm to produce fertilized eggs (not table eggs).
Eggs are collected and delivered to hatcheries where they are incubated and hatched into broiler chickens that are raised for meat.
3. Growing Freely
The chicks are moved to local family farms where they live in barns equipped with advanced ventilation and heating systems and are able to freely roam and eat and drink in comfort, under the care of veterinarian.
When the chickens grow to the ideal weight to be sold for meat (usually 4 -7 pounds) they are collected and transported to the processing plant. At the the plant, they are processed quickly and humanely, and then thoroughly washed and cleaned, chilled, packaged and inspected by the USDA before departing for market. Learn more about the detailed inspection each piece of chicken you buy.
5. Distribute to Market
Distribution partners keep the chicken chilled during transit from processing plan to market, to make sure the meat you purchase arrives safely at local grocers, markets, and restaurants across the nation.
6. Meal Time
Chicken is the affordable cornerstone to a nutritious meal. Families can feel conﬁdent that they are consuming a safe and quality product and supporting their farmers in a great American industry.
Quick Facts on Chicken Farming
Does the Chicken I Buy Have Antibiotics Residue in it?
All chicken you buy is technically “antibiotic free” – federal rules require that if any antibiotics are used on a farm they must have cleared the animals’ systems before they can leave the farm.