Herb Fed Poultry
Free Range Herb Fed Chickens are truly free to roam outside and make use of their natural instincts; being able to peck at the grass, find and eat insects, dust bathe and soak up the sunshine….or the rain.
Lifestyle and the Herb bit!
Our birds live in mobile huts in small flock sizes, are hand-fed and bedded up daily with fresh straw.
Herb Fed Poultry Ethos
Herb Fed Poultry recognises the part husbandry plays in ensuring great tasting produce and the importance of knowing where your food has come from.
Herb Fed Poultry is traditionally farmed, hand-fed and kept in small flocks so that they are truly free to forage for food and roam their Yorkshire pasture.
Our birds have something else rather special about them – their unique diet which includes over 10 varieties of fresh herbs.
On top of their natural cereal-based feed, free from additives and growth promoters, we have adapted our bird’s diet to introduce fresh herbs. The herbs are a by-product produced locally, by Edwards Aunt’s herb company – Herbs Unlimited.
We are proud to be the only producers in the country feeding our poultry on this diet. By maintaining the highest possible animal welfare standards and enhancing their diet with fresh herbs, our birds have a flavour that is difficult to beat.
As well as foraging in the pasture, from 4 weeks old fresh herbs are introduced into the chicken’s diet. The herbs are a mixture including basil, chives, dill, coriander and various salads to name just a few. Their absolute favourite is rocket and when the odd chilli arrives there is always a fight for it – the only herb they don’t like is sage!
All the herbs are fresh herbs that have simply gone past their best and a by-product of a local herb farm that would otherwise end up on a compost heap. By 8 weeks old the chickens will eat up to a tonne of fresh herbs each week.
Farm to Fork
We firmly believe that by adapting their diet in such a way it enhances the natural flavour of the meat giving it an extra dimension. The meat also remains wonderfully moist when cooked. Furthermore, pecking through the herbs keeps the birds occupied resulting in a happy and extremely healthy bird.
Our free range chickens are slaughtered at a local BRC approved abattoir. They then return to Herb Fed HQ the same day to be packed or cut in our SALSA approved cutting plant, before being delivered to our customers – butchers, farm shops, quality pubs, restaurants and hotels across the country or to individuals who Buy Direct from the Farm.