Free-Range Chicken: Why We Care
All of the Chicken in our recipes is Free-Range Chicken, raised without antibiotics.
Zora, our founder, has always felt an immense gratitude for the animals that provide her and her family with food. As a child, she grew up on a family-owned farm where animals were cared for with the knowledge that someday, they would provide sustenance for the entire family: parents, grandparents, cousins, siblings. Every part of the animal was used, both out of respect for the animal and the sense that food—and the animals the meat came from—should never be taken for granted.
Through these formative experiences, Zora maintains a sense of connection and respect for all of the animals that go into Wild Zora products. Because of this, she will always find high-quality and responsibly-sourced ingredients for all of our products. We want you to feel happy and satisfied about the food you choose to put into your body and the snacks and meals you give to your family and friends.
- Only Free-Range Chicken
- No antibiotics or hormones ever
- Chickens raised in humane conditions
Who Provides Our Chicken?
We currently receive all of our Chicken from a family-owned farm in California that is committed to sustainable, humane treatment of their birds. This farm is part of several animal welfare certifications, including: the Global Animal Partnership, Certified Humane Raised and Handled, and they meet standards put forth by The Better Chicken Commitment.
What Are Wild Zora’s Chicken Standards?
The Chicken that we use in our products is Free-Range and antibiotic-free, and is rated as Step 3 through the Global Animal Partnership (GAP). Our chickens have free movement to an outdoor plot that includes dirt and shade, and indoors, a naturally-lit environment. Air quality is monitored daily inside the open-sided barns. The birds also have sources of enrichment, which can include hanging branches to forage within and bales of hay on which to perch, burrow, and investigate.
Our Free-Range Chickens, with their required outdoor access, have a varied diet of insects, grubs, and worms that supplements their food and provides the birds with additional nutrients. There’s also a lot of entertainment to be had while digging snacks out of the ground!
For more information about GAP Step 3, visit the Global Animal Partnership’s page HERE.
Why isn’t Free-Range by itself good enough?
The USDA’s technical definition of “Free-Range” is that birds must have either outdoor access, or access to the outdoors. Some Chicken farms take this terminology quite literally to the detriment of the animals. For example, a barn could have a hole in the side just large enough for chickens to stick their heads through, but not large enough to physically move their bodies outside. Within this strict definition, the birds could be considered “Free-Range” because they do, technically, have access to the outdoors.
At Wild Zora, we want more for our Chickens.
Why do we use these standards?
We believe all of the animals that provide our meals deserve to be treated with respect. By sourcing our Chicken meat through companies that pledge to be Free-Range, antibiotic-free, and wholly humane, we can ensure that our products maintain the high quality and sustainability you’ve come to expect from all of our food!
Taste the difference of Free-Range Chicken for yourself!
Try our Chicken products HERE