1. Freedom from hunger and thirst.
We offer continuous access to nutritionally complete 100% veggie diets free from animal by-products. We also offer herbal products and probiotics to promote healthy chickens. For the future, we're working on chick feed nutrition that supports a stronger, healthier start to their development.
2. Freedom from discomfort.
All poultry houses have state-of-the-art temperature control. Many of our chickens have outdoor access and natural lighting and we're adding more houses like this every year. We enforce mandatory "lights off" resting periods and are studying how we can make chickens feel more comfortable in the future within their housing environment.
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease.
Perdue is the leader in raising healthy animals with No Antibiotics Ever. Our goal is to completely eliminate their use at our company. We provide constant supervision and veterinary care and we never withhold care when needed. We prohibit genetic engineering in our breeds and are investigating slower growth breeds as an alternative.
4. Freedom to express normal behavior.
Simply put, we believe when raising poultry, chickens should be able to act like chickens. So we're funding graduate-level programs studying chicken activity and what encourages more activity and play. And every year, we're adding more housing with outdoor access, windows, perches and pecking bales.
5. Freedom from fear and distress.
We have zero tolerance policies for instances of animal abuse, have emergency procedures in place for natural disasters, and we are doing other things to minimize bird stress, like implementing controlled atmosphere stunning.