This Friday, Whole Foods Market is having a great sale on organic whole chickens – $1.99/lb.
I called my local store and they are specifically selling chickens rated Step #3 on their 5-step animal welfare rating system.
No, Step #3 is not as wonderful as step #4 which is “fully pastured” but it’s much better than the #2 rating that the majority of their chickens are rated.
Chickens rated as Step #3 have continuous daily access to the outdoors. As per the Global Animal Partnership standards details:
From 4 weeks of age, all birds must have continuous access to an outdoor area that is equal to or greater than 25% of the total floor space of the house. During seasonal or weather conditions that pose a welfare risk and preclude outdoor access, all birds must have continuous access to an indoor foraging area that is equal to or greater than 25% of the occupied floor area of the house.
The bonus is the chickens are raised organically, so that means no GMO in the feed!
I’m going crazy because my shopping list was organized (and budgeted) for a trip to Trader Joe’s on Friday. Now this sale has de-railed that plan. ;) I’ll be shopping at Whole Foods Market on Friday instead.
I’m psyched because the bag of navel oranges are still on sale, along with the split chicken breasts for my dogs!