Store-bought chickens are typically raised with thousands of other chickens in a multilevel barn. These creatures rarely see sunlight and never get to behave like chickens are meant to, foraging for bugs and eating grass. Pasture chickens produced at small, local farms have better lives and a noticeably richer flavor that is more tender and juicy than chicken purchased in the grocery store.
In addition, pasture-raised poultry is more sustainable. The use of open-bottom mobile pens, which are moved daily to provide the chickens with fresh grass and bugs, helps to ensure a varied diet and pleasant life for the animals. Chickens enjoy the change of scenery and eat a natural variety of foods, which are supplemented by grains, ideally containing no added hormones, antibiotics or GMOs.
For more information or to purchase local pastured poultry, contact Tesch Farm, of Tecumseh, at 405-227-4137 or visit TeschFarm.com.