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May 22, 2018

My Ongoing Fight Against Antibiotics

I began raising and selling chickens at age seven or eight and it was my passion from day one. I wanted my chickens to be healthy and happy. Even as a kid, common sense told me that chickens – or any animal for that matter – could be raised without the need for antibiotics if...

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May 17, 2018

ASPCA Visit

We had the pleasure of hosting four representatives from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) last week. I showed them our further processing and packaging facility and took them on a tour of our new organic certified, animal-welfare-focused Chicken Hatchery. We also took time to sit and talk about animal...

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April 9, 2018

My Opinion of the Proposed Organic Livestock Care Rule (and its Cancellation)

Kudos to the Trump administration for canceling the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. For those who aren’t entrenched in the day-to-day operations of raising organic broiler chickens, the proposal may have seemed reasonable. I want to explain why it’s not. First, I completely agree with developing consistent, higher standards for organic chicken farming. Bell...

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March 6, 2018

Egg Care – Demand No Formaldehyde!

Formaldehyde is commonly used to disinfect eggs.  Despite being a toxic chemical, profit-driven producers use formaldehyde to fumigate eggs because it’s a cheap way to minimize bacteria.  Formaldehyde has been linked to cancer and other serious health issues, so I decided many years ago that it had no business near my eggs or team members. ...

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March 1, 2018

Leading the Charge in Humane Animal Welfare!

They say imitation is the best form of flattery. Controlled Atmosphere Stunning (CAS) has been in the news this week – a large commodity chicken producer announced its investment in their first CAS system and improvements to its live-bird handling. This upgrade is part of their new poultry welfare commitment and a gradual transition to...

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February 21, 2018

Why a “Slow-growth Chicken” Focus Alone is Problematic

In my last blog, I introduced our new, proprietary breed of higher-welfare chickens named Das Klassenbester™. If you haven’t read that post, you may want to start there because this is a continuation of that discussion. We’re really excited about our new, higher-welfare breed. Our Das Klassenbester grows more humanely, meaning its natural genetics (or...

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February 13, 2018

Introducing Das Klassenbester™ Chickens!

We recently shared BIG news with the poultry industry – 100% of our chickens are transitioning to a higher-welfare, slower-growing breed by the end of 2018, which will result in a better quality, more flavorful product! We named our new, proprietary breed “Das Klassenbester” for its European descent and premium, best-in-class genetics. Our first Das...

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November 6, 2017

No Cut Corners – How Even Our Chick Transport Trailers Exceed the Norm!

When it comes to chick transportation, our trailers are the Rolls Royce!  We recently purchased two “HatchTravellers” from HatchTech, the same Dutch company that designed our chick hatchers at our new World’s First Organic Certified Animal Welfare Focused Chicken Hatchery. It only made sense to turn to our innovative friends again for new trailers, especially...

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October 5, 2017

Baby Wipes…Really?

Some commodity chicken producers claim to wipe down their eggs with baby wipes.  We don’t do this at Bell & Evans, and I think this practice raises some questions. Freshly laid eggs have a natural, anti-bacterial coating on them called the bloom that keeps bacteria from entering.  Shells are porous, so when you wash off...

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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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