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Did you know…bedding in chicken houses can include rice hulls, straw, wood chips or peanut shells. These dry, absorbent materials help keep the ground dry and soft for the chickens. https://bit.ly/2tqANUA

 

Fact: All poultry is free of added hormones and steroids. In fact, labels that read: “raised without hormones” or “no hormones added” must also include a statement saying that no hormones are used in the production of any poultry raised in the United States. https://bit.ly/2BlXPyr

 

To keep chickens safe from germs, farmers wear biosecure suits, hairnets and boots and wash their boots in a dry chlorine powder before entering the chicken house. http://bit.ly/2yR0fIC

 

Many modern chicken farms use “nipple” watering systems to give their birds 24/7 access to water. The chicken pushes on the “nipple” with their beak and water is released. This keeps the water cleaner for the chickens compared to having bowls of water setting out and reduces water waste! http://bit.ly/2JG0TZA

 

Chicken farmers keep a close eye on their birds. Any time the temperature in the chicken house is off a degree or the feed is running low, they get a notification on their phone, tablet or laptop! http://bit.ly/2NxRupI

 

DYK: chicken houses are pre-warmed in preparation for 1-day-old chicks to arrive. To see what else happens on the first day at the farm, visit: http://bit.ly/2aIK2Kh

 

DYK: 25,000 family farmers raise broiler chickens in the United States! http://bit.ly/2kP6yUk

 

Chickens have their feed tailored for each stage of their life by close coordination between farmers and animal nutritionists so they get the right nutrients at the right time! http://bit.ly/2bJRXUe

 

There is a tremendous amount of science and animal husbandry that goes into today’s breeding of chickens, to ensure size and sustainability never comes at the expense of the birds’ health or welfare. While chickens today are bred to grow faster, they’re also bred to grow stronger and healthier than ever before, while requiring fewer natural resources to raise. For more, visit: http://bit.ly/2aANw1l

 

Georgia produces more broiler chickens than any other state. In 2017, cash receipts from broilers totaled $4.38 billion! For more ag stat facts, go to https://bit.ly/2wSfNb0

 

Chicken farmers use large, open, tunnel-ventilated barns to keep their birds comfortable and protected from the environment. Here they have room to move around, eat and drink as they please! https://bit.ly/2IH29gl

 

Broiler chicks are ready to hatch after 18 days in a temperature-controlled incubator and 3 days in a hatching tray. Then they use those sharp beaks to break into the world! https://bit.ly/2F1dtmH

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