Organic is a regulated USDA term and requires the chicken's feed to be grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and certified. The chickens must be cage-free and have access to the outside. There is not a space or type of living conditions requirement set by the USDA, so chickens can still be raised inside large warehouses or sheds, as long as there is access to the outdoors.
Free-range, another USDA term, means that the birds have access to the outdoors. However, it doesn’t mean that the hens go outside, or that the outdoor space is more than a small, fenced-in area; rather it implies that access exists.
Pasture-raised is not regulated by the USDA; pasture-raised chickens must also be labeled as certified humane, which means that the chickens were given a minimum of 108 square feet to roam outdoors. Also, the birds must have access to a barn for safety at night. This mandated space means there’s ample room to allow for the rotation of the flocks, ensuring that they have fresh food to pick at.
Pasture-Raised is considered the gold standard. Pasture-Raised chickens live the majority of their lives in lush, vegetative pastures, and at night they sleep indoors to protect themselves from predators. Because they’re living a comfortable, diverse, and healthy lifestyle that nature intended, these birds develop juicier meat that is deeply flavored and more tender than conventional chicken.
So what do you do?
To enjoy chicken guilt-free, you need the highest-quality source possible - and we’ve created it.
This chicken comes from a special farm in northwest Arkansas known for producing the highest quality chicken in America.
These birds are slow-growth, heritage breeds that are verified pasture-raised, verified non-GMO, verified no-antibiotics ever, air chilled, and raised in a regenerative farming system which means it’s better for the bird, better for the environment, and better for you!
Every step of farming — from breeding and raising animals humanely, to implementing regenerative agriculture systems —contributes to the amazing flavor of our meats.
"I tried one of your chickens and am buying more. Not only was the bird not too fatty, but the flavor was exceptional! You are doing everything right! Keep it up."
- Dave W.
"We couldn't believe how delicious your chicken was in every way. Thank you for bringing this into our lives."
- Niloufer K.
"We made the switch to Cooks Venture for our chicken and they are by far the best we can get. Small but careful growers of high-quality chicken."
- Alexsandrv K.
“Most of us aspire to eat food that is good for us, but many of the buzzwords that we see on food labels no longer mean what we think. At Cooks Venture, we are committed to providing food for you and your family that is unparalleled in quality and taste, while leaving the earth better for the next generation.”
— Matthew Wadiak, CEO & Founder of Cooks Venture
Better for the animal.
Better for the earth.
Better for the farmer.
Better for you.
"After I cooked this chicken, I was sold because it was the best tasting chicken I have had in my entire life! For the first month with Cooks Venture, my 7-year-old asked if this that new chicken. He only wants the new kind."
- Andrea D.
"I'm so excited for what Cook’s Venture has, uh, cooking. CV chickens are in taste, texture, and overall cooking performance is unmatched in my experience. It’s got a classic chicken flavor. Price is reasonable for the quality of the product, and we really feel like we’re making a meaningful contribution to better farming practices, at CV and beyond."
- Lawrence S.
"I love Cooks Venture chicken! I started buying the whole chickens and have bought many of their bundled boxes since I learned about them. I stopped buying meat that was not local, ethical and raised in an environmentally sensitive manner. It helps that it is the most delicious chicken I have ever bought and cooked!"
- Jamie K.
"Wings down the best chicken out there. You can see and taste the difference as they’re not prehistoric sized but what a chicken should be. Also, I don’t mind paying a premium for humanely raised animals but Cook’s Venture’s chickens are sometimes less than store-bought inferior tasting chicken. Win all the way around!"
- Drew R.
"This chicken is what chicken is all about. Cooks perfectly every time and it tastes the way chicken should taste. I've fried, air fried, baked, bbq, and rotisserie. It comes out perfect all the time. I couldn't ever go back to store-bought again."
"The chickens have the flavor I remember from my youth on farms in Ohio. The care with which they are processed, air chilled, and then frozen allows the texture to surpass any other commercially available birds. We liked them so much that we gave them as holiday gifts to friends and family. We also appreciate Cooks Venture's commitment to regenerative farming."
- Andreas N.
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