We have amazing news! For the first time in decades, heritage chicken, the gold standard in higher welfare chicken, is available again to kosher consumers. Click here to order your birds.
About the Birds and the Farmer
These American Poultry Association-certified heritage birds were raised on pasture by the poultry farmer who sets the standard for high welfare, Frank Reese, and JIFA representatives were present during every step of the transport and slaughter. We expect this limited supply will sell out quickly so order yours today to make sure you don’t miss out.
A Quick Primer on Heritage and Hybrid Chickens
In 1948 the USDA and the country’s largest supermarket chain put on the chicken of tomorrow contest. Their primary aim was to breed a chicken that grows faster while eating less feed and they succeeded more than anyone expected. The winners of that contest went on to develop complex new “hybrid” breeding techniques never before used in the history of poultry production. These new hybrid chickens grow three times faster while eating much less feed than their predecessors. One of the many downsides of hybrid genetics is that they cause tremendous welfare problems for chickens. Hybrids suffer from painful problems with skeletal development, heart and lung function1, obesity2, and more. Heritage chickens represent a very different model. Heritage birds were traditionally bred over generations for strong immunity, production,and fertility, all factors that allow the birds to live a long and productive life outdoors free of chronic pain and sickness.
- J.C. McKay, N.F. Barton, A.N.M. Koerhuis, and J. McAdam (2000). The Challenge of Genetic Change in the Broiler Chicken. BSAS Occasional Publication: 1-7.
- Y. Wang et al. (2009). Modern Organic and Broiler Chickens Sold for Human Consumption Provide More Energy from Fat Than Protein. Public Health Nutrition 13(3).