Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen’s commitment to clean food continues proudly with the purchase of chicken from Red Bird Farms. Their story is impressive and we are proud to support this family farm in Colorado and provide our guests with their chickens. Yes, Red Bird Farms chickens roam the barns, are fed vegetarian and are antibiotic-free.
(If your lifestyle is vegetarian, Picazzo’s offers Vegan Chicken-free Strips by Beyond Meat.)
HOW ARE RED BIRD CHICKENS RAISED?
Red Bird flocks joyously roam spacious barns with an unlimited access to feed and water. They enjoy ventilated housing and soft bedding of wood shavings and rice hulls. Chicken growers work to promote natural behaviors in controlled environments. The goal is to raise healthy, wholesome birds. Rest easy, poultry patrons, as factory farming techniques have flown the coop.
Vegetarian fed: Although Red Bird employees love to eat chicken, they prefer their chickens eat grains. That’s not to say they think everybody should be a vegetarian: only their flocks! Their commitment to the food revolution starts at the source so they keep chicken feed simple, pure, and meat-free.
What’s on the chickens’ plate? 90% of Red Bird’s antibiotic free meal is made up of corn and soy. The final 10% is composed of added nutrients, enzymes, essential oils and vitamins. These include phosphate, limestone and a generous mixture of vegetable oils that holds it all together. Oddly enough, it tastes like granola!
HEALTHY CHICKS MEANS NO MEDICINE!
Red Bird Farms live production focuses highly on new world techniques to defend against potentially harmful substances. Many advancements in poultry production have been based around feed additives and genetic improvements. Red Bird questioned this “progression” and agrees that feeding the world may be a challenge but adding potentially harmful substances to the foods we eat is the wrong approach. Their goal, in bringing you wholesome food, is achieved by being proactive when it comes to animal health. Red Bird Farms is committed to grow out standards that minimize harmful bacteria before they start. These standards include: thorough wash downs between flocks, complete traceability from laying hen to chick, constant monitoring of feed conversions and applying natural advancements to the animal’s life that benefit health. With these strict growing standards, you can rest assured that what goes into your body was grown with care and attention.
RAISED WITHOUT THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS
Raised without the use of antibiotics and fed no animal byproducts, ever. These buzz words have been emerging on menus and storefronts. It’s become such an important issue that politicians, schools, and news networks have all taken notice: we don’t want antibiotics in our food! As consumers become hungry for honest, safe, and healthy products, Red Bird Farms has been happy to serve it. In a world full of junk, we are proud to offer this select, anti-biotic free poultry. If you don’t see Red Bird Farms at your local grocer, bug the butcher, for health’s sake!
Can antibiotics affect me? This question is centered on the assumption that the food chickens eat can harm your health. Although these antibiotics can surely get into your system, the greater threat is that many bacteria’s are growing stronger thanks to over exposure to antibiotics. Red Bird believes that a world with overused antibiotics is damaging to human health. They want their antibiotics to work when we need them!
What are some of the resistant bacteria and antibiotics generally found in the poultry world? Generally speaking, common bacteria that can resist antibiotics are E. Coli and Salmonella. Five antibiotics that are regularly used in the poultry industry are; bacitracin, virginamycin, flavomycin, sulfaquimoxaline and penicillin. So, join the revolution and be free of these potentially harmful substances. Red Bird Farms highly recommends that you speak with your physician about the use of antibiotics in poultry and how they can affect you. The opinion of antibiotics in poultry, by Red Bird Farms, is strictly an opinion and should not be used when making a decision for your health.
ARE RED BIRD CHICKENS GIVEN ANY HORMONES OR STEROIDS?
Red Bird chickens are never fed any hormones or steroids. Chickens have naturally occurring hormones (like humans do), but we never give the chickens any hormones.
ARE RED BIRD CHICKENS FREE RANGE?
Although their chickens are allowed plenty of space and are raised cage-free, they are not certified free range.
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