Jan 23, 2009
Permanent Free Range?
What's with our claim that our chickens are "Permanent Free Range"?
In some countries, free range is defined as having "access to outdoors". So, if you have lots of little doors for the chickens to go out, and yet you place all the feeders inside so that the chickens seldom if ever go out, you can still validly say your chickens are free range. In Malaysia, free range can mean hanging around a permanent reban which the chickens retire to during the night. The grounds will be smelly, dirty, full of flies.
Our permanent free range chickens are raised in fresh fields with movable coops being used to move them from padang to padang. They never go back to a reban. They are moved from fresh field to fresh field, and when the time come for them to be harvested, they are on fresh fields, not muddy smelly bacteria infested grounds.
We are the only farmer in the world using these heat-insulated movable, dismantleable field houses. One man can pull the tent to a fresh field once the existing field becomes dirty.