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September 5, 2017

It’s Official! We have the World’s First Organic Certified Animal Welfare Focused Chicken Hatchery!

This has been an exciting time for Bell & Evans! On Saturday, August 26, the first chicks began to hatch at our brand new hatchery. Those chicks were delivered to our farms on Monday, August 28, the same day that our  Hatchery received its “organic certification” from Pennsylvania Certified Organic, a nonprofit certification agency accredited by...

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August 17, 2017

“Special” Isn’t Good Enough for Us

Our take on the August 14, 2017, Bloomberg article “That Chicken From Whole Foods Isn’t So Special Anymore.” We agree that the chicken at the other end of the case shouldn’t be there. At Bell & Evans, we have been perfecting “The Excellent Chicken” for over 100 years. We uphold the highest animal welfare standards...

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August 4, 2017

National Organic Program (NOP) and National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) – What are they thinking?

Scott’s Perspective… Excerpt from Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, Agriculture—National Organic Program, 205.236*: “Poultry or edible poultry products must be from poultry that has been under continuous organic management beginning no later than the second day of life.” Wow.  The NOP’s recent proposal to change the Organic Standards in the United States really got me...

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April 5, 2017

White Striping, White Striation or Woody Breasts on Chicken

This issue is all about genetics and industry greed. There are only three major breeding companies in the broiler industry—in the world! One of the breeding companies is owned by a major chicken producer, another owned by investment bankers. And they all breed chickens to achieve the following goals, with little to no thought for...

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October 15, 2013

My response to the video posted by the Radical Group TryVeg/COK

It has come to my attention that the radical Washington based activist group TryVeg/COK planted an undercover agent at our hatchery with the goal to challenge Bell & Evans leadership in humane treatment of animals.  The TryVeg mole was planted in our hatchery for two weeks with the goal to stage an attention grabbing media...

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April 12, 2013

GMO Corn and Soybeans – Soybeans processed with Hexane

At Bell & Evans our Certified Organic chickens and turkeys are fed non GMO Certified Organic corn and soybeans.  Our soybeans are extruded and expeller pressed into meal. No GMO seed is allowed by U.S.D.A. Organic Certifiers as enforced by division of U.S.D.A.

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February 22, 2011

Organic grain from China?

When you buy organic, you assume you’re purchasing food free from pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones. But there is so much more. Organic is a commitment to provide you with the highest quality foods, using sustainable agriculture’s best practices. Not only must the be chicken raised on a certified organic farm, but also everything it’s...

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January 17, 2011

What Our Chicks Eat

At the beginning of the new year, we all make resolutions to eat healthier. I thought it would be a good time to tell you about our chickens diet, because well-fed chickens are happy and less-stressed. The Bell & Evans Animal Welfare Standard guarantees our birds always have access to fresh water and our specially-blended...

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December 22, 2010

Raised without Antibiotics vs. antibiotic-free. Is there a difference?

On December 9th, the FDA announced that the U.S. meat, poultry and dairy producers used almost 29 million, yes million, pounds of antibiotics on their farm animals in 2009, up significantly from just a decade ago.  As you can imagine, public health organizations are troubled by these practices, especially ‘sub-therapeutic’ antibiotics — a low dose...

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December 14, 2010

Life on the Farm.

Our peeps arrive at the farm within 24-hours of hatching from their eggs.  We place the chicks and their starter feed or ‘crumbles’ on kraft paper, right under their water-delivery system. This way the feed doesn’t get lost in the bedding and, within moments, the chicks relax and start to eat and drink. You may...

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