We feed our PERDUE® Fresh All Natural Chickens an all vegetarian diet with the finest natural grain products, including corn, soybeans and marigolds.
For over 90 years we have used the highest quality ingredients for our chickens' diet.
We have PhD Nutritionists and Poultry Board Certified Veterinarians on staff that monitor and identify optimal nutrients that ensure our Perdue chickens are healthy at every stage of their lives.
While feeding animal by-products to farm and home pets is common, we know that you are concerned about what the chicken ate. We've taken an additional step by eliminating animal by-products like blood meal, animal fat, meat and bone meal from our chickens feed. While there's nothing wrong with including animal by-products in the diet of a chicken, (in fact, chickens are naturally omnivores) we've found that by removing them, we are able to deliver a better tasting, more tender PERDUE® Fresh All Natural Chicken, according to consumer taste-tests.
We have never fed our chickens steroids or hormones - and we never will. Since the 1950s the USDA has forbidden poultry processors from using steroids or hormones in their feed or administered other ways.
Although most broiler chickens are raised cage free, through our own research we learned over two-thirds of Perdue consumers do not know how our chickens are raised and/or believe our chickens are raised in cages.
We know this is a concern for our consumers and wanted to ensure that all Perdue consumers how we raise and treat our chickens.
Our chickens are raised in temperature-controlled chicken houses where they are most comfortable.
We know that chickens enjoy temperatures that are very warm (from a human perspective) just after they are hatched.
Then as they grow, they prefer temperature gradually getting cooler and cooler.
In these houses, all the chickens are free to move about, eat and drink.
We are committed to creating safe living conditions for our chickens and ensure that they have free access to food and water.
By raising our chickens inside, we can ensure that they are protected from the elements, predators and disease.
They are not confined or raised in cages.
We provide training regularly for our associates and managers who work on the farms and our family farm partners to ensure that our USDA process verified best practices are being followed.