Various brands, most supermarkets
The chickens are slower growing, have access to the outdoors and are less densely packed into sheds.
Why should I care?
There are fewer additives, less fat and more complex flavours in organic chicken. Plus, the animals lead happier lives. And, probably, the farmers too.
Generally speaking, the potential for the chickens to roam free is good.
But in reality how many of them are going to clamber through all the other chickens in the shed and head through that one tiny gate to freedom when the food is purposely placed in the middle of them all to minimise their movement and maximise their bulk?
- Chickens reared to EU standards
- Chickens reared to UK standards
- Red Tractor indoor
- RSPCA Assured indoor
In terms of animal welfare, these brands adhere to general standards, which are widely deemed unacceptable.
The chickens can be more tightly packed into sheds than we are the Tube, live among each others faeces and grown at a faster-rate than is normal so have difficulty walking.
They also could be pumped with antibiotics or plumped with water.