Healthy Chicken and Turkey

A Comparison Chart:

MARTHA’S FARM CHICKEN AND TURKEY CONVENTIONAL CHICKEN AND TURKEY
Unvaccinated Vaccinated (immuno – suppressant)
Full beak ( no cannibalism) De-beaked (cannibalism a problem)
Probiotics ( immuno-stimulant) Antibiotics (immuno – depressant)
Composting litter brooder (sanitized through decomposition) Sterilized litter (sanitized through toxic fumigants and sprays)
Carbon/Nitrogen ratio 30:1 C/N ratio 12:1
Practically no ammonia vapor (smell) Hyper – ammonia toxicity
Brooder skylights No skylights
Rest at night – lights off Artificial lighting 24 hours/day
No medications Routine medications
No synthetic vitamins Routine synthetic vitamins
No hormones Routine hormones
No appetite stimulants Routine appetite stimulants (arsenic)
Natural trace minerals (kelp) Manufactured and acidulated trace minerals
Small groups(100 or fewer) Huge groups (10.000 or more)
Low stress (group divisions) High stress
Clean air hazy with fecal particulate (damages respiratory tract and pulls vitamins out of the body, overloading the liver)
Fresh air and sunshine *Limited air and practically no sunshine
Plenty of exercise *Limited exercise
Fresh daily salad bar *No green material or bugs
Short transport to processing *Long transport to processing
Killed by cutting main arteries (per Biblical directives) *Killed by electric shock (inhibits bleeding after throat is slit)
Carefully hand eviscerated Mechanically eviscerated (prone to breaking intestines and spilling feces over carcass)
Processing uses only 2.5 gal. Water/bir Processing uses 5 gal. Water/bird
Guts and feathers composted and used for fertilizer Guts cooked and rendered, then fed back to chicken
Effluent used for irrigation *Effluent treated as sewage
Customer inspected *Government inspected
No injections during processing Routine injections (anything from tenderizers to dyes)
Low percentage of rejected livers or carcasses High percentage liver rejects or carcasses (breast blisters)
Dead birds fed to buzzards or composted Dead birds incinerated or buried (possible contamination of water)
Sick birds put in hospital pen for second chance – most get well Sick birds destroyed
Manure falls directly on growing forage and soil for efficientcycling-converted to plants Manure fed to cattle or spread inappropriately (ammonia vaporization-air pollution; nitrate leaching-water pollution)
Fresh air and sunshine sanitize processing area *Toxic germicides to sanitize processing facility
cooking loss 9% of carcass weight Cooking loss 20% of carcass weight
Long keepers (freeze more than a year) Short keepers (freeze only 6 months or less)
No drug-resistant diseases Drug-resistant diseases (R-factor Salmonella)
Low saturated fat High saturated fat
No chlorine baths Up to 40 chlorine baths (to kill contaminants)
No irradiation FDA-approved irradiation (label not required)
Environmentally responsible Environmentally irresponsible (hidden costs)
Promotes family farming Promotes feudal/serf agriculture
Decentralized food system Centralized food system
Promotes entrepreneurial spirit Promotes low wage /time-clock employment
Rural revitalization Urban expansion
Consumer/producer relationship Consumer/producer alienation
Rich, delicious taste Poor, flat taste
Edible Inedible

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*Also applies to nearly all “certified organic” chicken.

See also the Price List for our chicken.

One Response to Healthy Chicken and Turkey

  1. Julie Mitchell says:

    We have been to Martha and Pete’s farm several times now and we just love the experience every time! The vegetables are always so beautiful and full of flavor and the smoked turkey is delicious (one of a kind). We are part of the CSA which has been one of our favorite parts of summer this year. Our boys have loved to go out in the garden with Martha’s children and harvest some of our vegetables. It’s truly been a lovely experience all around!

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