We get our chickens from Piercebridge Organic Farm, in Darlington - they are 100% free range and organic.
The Hodgson family produce and sell fresh chicken every single week. They buy their chicks in at just a few hours old from a local hatchery; they then go into a warm brooder shed until they have enough feathers to face the great outdoors.
At three weeks of age they have enough feathers to cope without the heat and they are transferred into small arks holding 70 birds each. These birds will then live a natural free-range life chasing bugs, making dust wallows and pecking at the herb-rich grass.
Intensively reared chickens will live for an average of 3 weeks before they are slaughtered. These birds will live up to and over 20 weeks, resulting in a much more flavoursome and better textured bird. They have also had a much happier and healthier life.
All the birds are humanely dispatched and plucked on the farm and they butcher them into the classic pieces as well as whole and half birds; plus our famous chicken sausages which are definitely worth trying!
They have been rearing free-range chickens for over 10 years now, a project they started when we lost our sheep in the foot and mouth crisis. Since then they have had so many letters of thanks and praise for such a fantastic and out of this world eating experience. We hope that you will forget the watery supermarket chickens and become another of their happy customers.