Organic, All Natural, Vegetarian Diet
Our chickens dine on an all-vegetarian, organic diet. They get their essential nutrients from expeller pressed soybeans and corn, that are enhanced with the necessary vitamins and minerals. This provides the chicken with a diet that is essential for growing the most tender and flavorful organic chicken.
Did you know. . . Some companies purchase cheap, questionably ‘organic’ grains from China?
No Antibiotics or Growth Hormones
Our chickens thrive on their all-natural diet. They start healthy and stay healthy. At Bell & Evans, our chickens are never fed growth hormones† and receive no antibiotics, including Ionophores, in their feed, their water, through intramuscular injection, or even the egg...ever.
It's what we don't feed them that makes the difference.
|NO DDGS, Ethanol by-products, in our feed. Ethanol by-products are becoming the replacement for corn that livestock producers can no longer afford. Its energy value is approximately 17% lower than corn, but the more alarming issue is the antibiotics used to control bacteria in the fermentation process. Not all antibiotics are metabolized and remain in the DDGS( distiller’s dry grains with solubles) protein, along with who knows what? I feel this ‘garbage’ is not good for any animal, and it’s certainly not good for the people who eat them.
NoHexane separated soy beans. We do not use Hexane solvent to separate the oil and vitamins from the soy bean. We create our soy meal by extruding and expeller-pressing the beans. In this way, we keep all the vitamins and some of the oil in the meal. The oil that is expelled is refined and could be used for human-grade oil products. Hexane solvent may produce acheaper soy meal, but in my opinion, it’s junk!
Why are Extruded Soybeans and Expeller Pressed Soybeans so important?
They produce soy that is richer in healthy nutrients such as Vitamin E, lecithin and linoleic acid without releasing toxic Hexane gas into our environment. Hexane gas, a by-product of the petroleum industry, is the most efficient and most commonly used method to remove the oil from soybeans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes hexane as a hazardous air pollutant. Bell & Evans believes raising healthier chickens and protecting the environment far outweigh the cost of using the more expensive expeller-pressed soybeans in our grain. It’s the right thing to do.
† Federal law prohibits the use of artificial growth hormones in poultry.