Our Practices

We know that when you buy local, you also want to know how your chicken was raised and packed.
Non GMO Project Verified
Salmon Safe
USDA Organic
Air Chilled
Free Range
No Antibiotics Ever
All-Vegetarian Diet
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Non-GMO Project Verified

We have partnered with the Non-GMO Project to ensure all of our chicken feed ingredients for DRAPER VALLEY FARMS® organic chickens and RANGER® free-range chickens have been tested and verified according to the Non-GMO Project Standard for avoidance of genetically engineered ingredients.

As the only third-party verifier recognized by the USDA, the Non-GMO Project Verified seal guarantees our birds are fed a non-GMO diet that meets the strictest of industry standards. Of course, chicken itself is not genetically modified, but the Non-GMO Project Verification on our packaging is the added assurance of a non-GMO supply chain. 

To learn more about the Non-GMO Project please visit: http://www.nongmoproject.org/







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Salmon Safe

Our decades-long association with the Northwest has given us a deep respect for the natural resources and traditions that define this region. Salmon-Safe certification provides assurance that the farms where our chickens are raised have nutrient management and biologically based integrated pest management programs that protect water quality and fish habitat. For more information on the Salmon-Safe program and certification, visit www.salmonsafe.org.







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USDA Organic

Our DRAPER VALLEY FARMS® Organic chicken meets the requirements of the National Organic Standards Board and is Certified USDA Organic. Certified Organic means raised in a free-range environment on certified organic farms, fed a non-GMO diet with no animal by-products and never given antibiotics. 

The USDA organic seal verifies that we met animal health and welfare standards, did not use antibiotics or growth hormones,* used 100% organic feed, and provided animals with access to the outdoors.

All of these requirements have to be certified by a recognized third-party. We use Oregon Tilth, a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture; and QAI (Quality Assurance International), a pioneer in the organic movement and a leading advocate for certified organic production.  The organic certification process covers not only the end product, but also every step of the process and supply chain, all the way to market.
 

Of course, organic is more than a label; it's an approach to agriculture that strives to work in harmony with the earth and its inhabitants to find more naturally sustainable ways to produce food. 

To learn more about Oregon Tilth please visit: http://tilth.org/
To learn more about QAI, please visit http://www.qai-inc.com 

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones or steroids in poultry.  







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Air Chilled

Look for the "Air Chilled" label on DRAPER VALLEY® Organic chicken and RANGER® free-range chicken sold at select stores. Air-chilled chicken is cooled during processing using cold air rather than soaking in cold water. Air-chilled chickens do not retain excess water or lose natural juices found in the meat, helping to preserve more of our chicken's "chicken" flavor.







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Free Range

While some brands may only meet the minimum for what is required to describe their chickens as "free range," we believe that free range should mean exactly what it implies. So we give our DRAPER VALLEY FARMS® organic and RANGER® free-range chickens open space to freely move about pecking the ground, taking dust baths, exploring the grass or simply soaking up the sunshine—doing the natural things birds do.

Our outdoor spaces are at least half the size of the poultry house, and typically as big as the barn itself. When the weather is just right, you'll see most of the birds outside. To encourage them to venture out, we have sunshades to ease the transition from barn to outdoors (chickens are very sensitive to light), feed and water both inside and outside of the house, and roosts and other enrichments.

Our houses are spacious, with room for birds to move about and exhibit normal behaviors in a low-stress environment open to fresh air. In the evening we allow our birds inside to roost in the house, where they are warm, dry and safe from predators. We also wait to let a flock outside until they're fully feathered and protected from the elements, which is at about four weeks of age.







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No Antibiotics Ever

When you buy one of our chickens, you can be assured it was raised with No Antibiotics Ever. That means no antibiotics, of any kind, from the egg all the way through the chicken's life.

We put our effort into building up the bird's own defense systems with a balanced diet, clean environment and the holistic use of nature's own medicines, such as organic enzymes and probiotics, the natural disease-fighting powers of herbs and the benefits of fresh air and sunshine.

Some companies use antibiotics when vaccinating eggs, which still allows them to label their product as "organic." Not us. When we say no antibiotics ever, we mean never!

However, if a flock does become ill, our commitment to the welfare of those birds requires us to treat them appropriately. If our vet prescribes antibiotics, then you won't see those chickens sold under our brands.







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All-Vegetarian Diet

You won't find any animal by-products—including the rendered fats and proteins that are common in most commercial feeds—in our chicken feed. Of course, our organic and free-range chickens are free to forage in their pasture areas.










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