"Pastured", or "pasture-raised", are adjectives that describe the act of raising poulry / livestock on pasture.
The USDA definition of "pastured" is rather vague.
What "pastured" means for us is a rotational grazing process. Our chickens don't simply have ability to pasture. Our chickens live on the pasture.
We routinely rotate our poultry on pasture. Each week, our hens' mobile coops are moved to new areas. Each day, our broilers' pens are moved, at least once, to new spots. This process is one aspect of how we are able to be antibiotic- and chemical-free, because our birds are constantly moving to "cleaner" ground, helping maintain health naturally.
Pastured poultry meat and eggs are a healthful alternative to conventionally produced poultry products.
Studies have shown that eggs from pastured hens have 30% less cholesterol, 25% less saturated fat, 60% more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E and 7 times more beta carotene.
In the United States, it is very hard to find organic or non-GMO corn. In fact, around 94% of corn produced in the US is genetically modified.
Also, a number of people today are allergic to corn and to meat products from animals that were fed corn.
Soy, along with a handful of other agricultural products, is difficult to find when looking for a non-GMO option. In fact, around 93% of soy in America is genetically modified.
While there is support against and for soy on both sides, research has shown that soy contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones, which, when fed to poultry, actually pass through in meat and eggs.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. Most grains available today will contain GMOs.
Chickens cannot survive for very long eating only grass. Chickens are not able to digest grass because, unlike cows, they do not have the necessary microflora populations in their digestive tracts (that is, chickens are not ruminants). As a result, chickens are not able to get sufficient nutrition from grass alone. A number of different insects that chickens will eat are attracted to grass, so they become an additional source of nutrients.
We supplement our feathered friends with H and H Feed, a soy free, corn free, non-GMO feed.
HUMBLE ROOSTER FARM, LLC
Serving Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Lampasas, Burnet and Surrounding Areas
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