So I just saw a commercial for this new chicken by Perdue!
I was wondering what people thought about it because it has been awhile, but I thought I remembered in the documentary Food Inc. that Perdue was one of the farms that treated their chicken terribly. I hope that what Perdue is doing is true, I'd love to have more availability to cage-free, hormone-free, happy chickens!
I've seen chickens eat baby mice, worms, grubs, etc... are all preferred foods for chickens. Vegetarian feed = grain. Whole, raw grain may be an actual, adapted food for birds, but Monsantograin, not so much.
I'd much rather buy my chicken from someone locally that knows the difference. I've been buying whole chickens from a local farmer that feeds his chickens almost entirely on vegetable produce surplus from local produce stands (they go ape for grapes, really) but he says they get most of their food from him spraying the soil at night so the worms will come up in the morning.
perdue and tyson are about as bad as it gets as far as animal cruelty goes. chickens arent vegetarians, but at least when its advertised that they are fed vegetarian meal, you can be fairly certain that there isnt going to be ground up 4D chickens in their food like there can be in others... i guess its sort of a lateral move.
It's all marketing crap. Vegetarian is code for "we're not grinding up dead chickens and mixing it with the chicken feed." And, cage free is not the same as free range. It's that they removed the cages and stuff them together in a bigger space.
Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in poultry, so any company claiming that is just pointing out that they follow the law and hope you don't realize it's required.
From the link provided: •Raised Cage Free - Perdue chickens are free to roam within the chicken houses. I think "chicken houses" means massive barns where there are so many birds they can hardly move anyway. Not to mention they most likely never see the light of day.
Aside from the cage-free claim, Perdue and Tyson are notorious for injecting their birds with a saltwater solution "to retain moisture." While saltwater and carrageenan can actually be labeled as "all natural," I just don't want that in my meat.
I've seen "organic" chickens at my grocer. They retail for about $2 more than regular fryers. The package has ORGANIC in big letters, states "No hormones by 120 day decree" (but hormones in chicken is illegal anyway so normal chickens are no better) and then "Cage Free - Vegetarian Diet".
All bullshit. Real chickens eat bugs, worms - i.e. MEAT.
Bullshit. I'll buy the tyson fryer because its exactly the same, just $2 cheaper.
All it means is that the chickens still don't see the light of day and are fed their unnatural diet of gm soy. I hate seeing the word, "vegetarian" on any chicken packaging- chickens are opportunistic, like many others here, I've seen my chickens eat mice, baby snakes, worms, bugs, and I've seen them CLEAN carcasses to bare bone. I could go on and on about the issues surrounding poultry including orders from hatcheries but I'll spare you :).