Are hormones or steroids added to chicken?
Some chicken you buy may be labeled “Raised without hormones” and others may not, but all chicken you buy is free of added or artificial hormones and steroids. In fact, federal regulations prohibit the use of added hormones and steroids in all poultry. The chicken that is labeled “Raised without hormones” must also include a statement saying that no hormones are used in the production of any poultry raised in the United States.
So why are modern chickens bigger than those of the past? Modern farming techniques! From day one, chickens are given a better start than ever before – through advanced feeding and housing, good breeding, and close communication with veterinarians throughout their lives, chicken farmers are raising larger, healthier birds than ever before.
WATCH: Chickens’ First Day on the Farm
Broiler chicken mortality rates are lower than ever because today’s birds are healthier and better cared for. Considerations from how feed is formulated to the temperature and even lighting in the houses ensure that chickens have not only the best start but the best finish we are able to provide for the consumer.