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Heritage Chicken - Is it Organic?
Our grower of Heritage Chicken, Frank Reese, never uses GMO feed, pesticides, or antibiotic feed additives.

These are the very same purity and safety standards applied to USDA-certified organic chicken.

So for all practical purposes, chickens from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch could be considered "organic".

But we think Frank's chicken is actually better than most certified-organic chicken.

Why do we say our chicken is "better than organic"?
First, Frank is raising heritage breeds ... ones that offer the rich, natural flavor that was sacrificed in order to grow huge, breast-heavy birds in record time.

Second, many large-scale organic chicken producers do not employ the true "free range" practices that give birds freedom and wild sources of protein.

Because certified-organic chickens cannot be fed "mammalian- or poultry-slaughter products”, organic producers that don't let chickens roam on pasture must feed them either synthetic methionine (an amino acid) or seafood.

Feeding fish or shellfish to poultry further threatens the world's dwindling supply of wild seafood … and can make chicken taste fishy.

Like wild chickens, Frank's birds don't need fish meal or synthetic nutrients, because they get all the nutrition they need from bugs and wild plants. 

For these reasons and more, we believe that Good Shepherd's practices go above and beyond USDA standards for organic chicken.

In other words, we think our Heritage Chicken is actually "better than organic".