In seeking a bird that was both docile and duel-purpose, Moore Natural Ranch chose the Brahma and Delaware chickens.
* Livestock Heritage Egg and Meat Breed
* Exceptional Taste, Pasture Raised Free-Range
* Brood and Raise their Own Young
* Exceptionally Docile and Kind
* Lay Large Eggs Year-round and Carry California Egg Certification
These birds are extremely docile and they are also a Heritage Breed on the Livestock Conservancy's "WATCH" List. They brood their own young and are allowed to forage over 5 full acres, living a life that is free range in the fullest sense. In addition to their forage diet, they also receive additional grains such as barley and fresh greens with fruits and vegetables. These birds were once the chicken found on every table before the commercialization of the white genetic hybrid known as the Cornish Cross.
Commercial chickens in the store are generally the Cornish Cross breed, which are fully developed at 6 weeks. Other commercial meat breeds include Freedom Rangers, White Mountain and Ginger Rangers. These birds are not Heritage and are all from Artificial breeding. They generally have a short lifespan on average of only about 12 weeks before having heart disfunction, liver failure, stroke, cancer or broken bones. Brahmas and Delawares on the other hand, are full heritage breeds that breed naturally, hatch out their young and live many years. They are nice in flavor and texture and live a full life that is truly cage-free.
The cage-free and free-range bird regulations are much less beneficial than many people realize. Birds and eggs labeled cage-free means that they are not kept in battery cages a size of 8x8 inches. In California, lawmakers have doubled that space and included options for the birds to touch the ground in the case of laying hens, but that's about it. Generally, commercial free-range birds still endure a life of warehouse production with only small doors to the outside available to them. While some birds do make it to the free-range access, for the most part they are living in high densities under caustic environmental conditions.
Visit your farmer, purchase local and see how the birds are raised. Look for a Heritage bird and help keep the species of our planet diverse and healthy.
MEAT AVAILABILITY: Limited Quantity on these incredible tasting chickens. Please VISIT THE SHOP
Here is a typical warehouse production system with Cornish Cross birds that is labeled as free-range. It shows both the outdoor area with very small doors and the indoor area.