Perfect for stocks, soups and broths - organic chicken carcasses are packed full of goodness. Just add some water, odds and ends of any veg you have floating around and slow cook for at least 24 hours.
We get our chicken from Piercebridge Organic Farm in Darlington. 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. Chris Hodgson's 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.
Chris and Liz have been rearing free-range chickens for over 10 years now, a project they started when they lost their 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.
Please Note: This image is for illustrative purposes only. Chicken carcasses are stripped of most of their meat.