Funky Chickens

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Place Category: Farms and SuppliersPlace Tags: chicken, chickens, farm, Farming, natural, and on

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    Funky Chickens is an ONLINE supplier of ethical, free-range, pasture-raised and BEYOND ORGANIC meat to families and individuals all over Cape Town. They stock everything from free-range beef mince to celiac-friendly chicken sausage, from acorn-fed pork chops to grass-fed butter.

    They are especially passionate about their chickens, and if you read on, you’ll discover why they are so different!

    Funky Chickens are a cross breed of Orpington White and Cornish Hen. They are
    free to range through the grassy pastures on the farm during the daylight
    hours, while at night they are kept in a shelter to protect them from
    predators.

    This lifestyle of roaming means that our birds grow to be
    larger, healthier and less fatty than factory farmed or even conventional
    “free-range”/shed-raised birds. No pesticides, herbicides, or poisons are
    used on the farm in order to keep the chickens in optimum health.

    During the day the chickens are able to forage for themselves, enjoying
    bugs and insects like they were designed to. When our farmer locks them up
    at night, they are given a supplementary non-GMO legume and grain mixture
    that contains oats, barley, wild peas, lupins and lucerne. Their chickens are
    not fed any corn, maize or soya, and are not given any growth hormones,
    stimulants, or antibiotics.

    After growing at their natural pace for 13 – 16 weeks, Their farmer
    processes the chickens on the farm. She is a certified poultry meat
    examiner, and thus is allowed to slaughter and process her own poultry. The
    chickens, unlike factory-farmed animals, do not experience the stressful
    and inhumane trip to the abattoir they are processed on site. This method
    of processing means that the chickens’ systems release the flood of
    adrenaline or lactic acid like factory-farmed birds’ do when they are
    transported to the abattoir, and thus the meat of our chickens is not
    compromised.

    The farm is regularly inspected and approved by a health inspector from the
    local municipality. We test the meat each month for pathogens. Bacterial
    and water checks are taken frequently, and the amount of stock processed on
    a daily basis is restricted to maintain an acceptable standard of hygiene.
    The processing equipment is not cleaned with chlorine, but a natural
    teatree-based cleaner.

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