While fast growth Cornish Cross chickens can have leg problems, our birds are curious animals that are able to energetically explore the untouched wilderness.
The chickens spend each day foraging for grass, seeds, bugs, and other goodies on our organic pastures.
Whether they’re taking dust baths, pecking, or climbing through the shrubs, our chickens are always interacting with each other and their environment.
When night falls, the chickens can return to their open-ended hoop house at will for a long, calm night of rest.
To get the best chicken, you have to start with the right birds and raise them the right way. At Emmer & Co.® we raise slow-growth chickens on pasture and pasture only, enabling our birds to live active lives spent running and freely foraging.
It’s easy for a brand to say that they’re raising chicken the right way, but so many products claim to be both good for you and good for the animal, and the existing labels have unclear meanings. We decided to cut through the jargon and show you exactly what our practices look like when we say “100% pasture raised.” We want to show you everything, so we placed 360° cameras in the center of our pastures to let you virtually visit the farm. And we hope that other food companies will do the same, so that consumers can truly see what they’re eating.
Welcome to the ranch.
Check out each video below for an immersive experience on the pasture.
Click and drag while viewing to look around and explore the ranch!
Emmer & Co. sought out an alternative to the fast growth Cornish Cross birds, so we raise a slow-growth breed that is suited for living healthy, active lives on our Northern California pastures. Our chickens take 2X as long to grow, which ensures that they never suffer from health issues relating to fast growth, and have healthy immune systems that never need antibiotics.
Animal welfare and transparency are core values to us and that is why we raise slow growing birds on pasture. And we are going even further. By 2021, all of our chicken will be from farms that achieve an animal welfare certification recognized by REAL Certified and the ASPCA Shop With Your Heart program.
To show solidarity with the animal welfare movement, we support the Joint Animal Protection Organization Statement on Broiler Chicken Welfare. By 2024 or before, 100% of our chicken standards will meet or better Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) standards for broiler breeds and rearing conditions (including lighting, litter, enrichment and stocking density) and be verified by third-party auditing. We will also make sure that our birds are processed in a system that utilizes a multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that’s widely hailed as more humane.
Because its free to do whatever it pleases. Emmer & Co. birds have full run of the lush fields and forests where we raise them. Their lives are as close to wild as possible, and are spent entirely outdoors where they roam, forage, and play. Here’s how they spend their days:
Emmer & Co. chickens are processed in the most humane way possible. Birds are air-chilled, and no chlorine baths or other harmful methods are ever used. The USDA inspector clears all birds before they are vacuum-sealed.
If you’d like to know more specifics about our methods, we’re happy to answer any questions.Ask Us
It's pretty simple. What's good for the birds is good for you. Slow-growing, 100% pasture raised chicken is delicious, nutritious, and better quality meat. You're eating the best-for-you chicken and the best-tasting chicken at the same time. Talk about two birds.
With 60% less fat, 50% less cholesterol, 35% less calories, more protein and less sodium than any factory birds. No hormones. No antibiotics. No filler fluid. These are the healthiest chickens you can eat.
Source: Organic Prairie
Source: Kansas State University
The best way of farming leads to the best tasting chicken. Space for active lives of running and building muscle creates meat with a dense, hearty texture. And a diet that includes morsels foraged from the organic pastures leads to deep, rich flavors that reflect the wild terrain.