ST BRIDES POULTRY: WHAT IS IT?
These genuinely free-range chickens (and Christmas turkeys) are so revered by chefs up and down the country that St Brides Poultry can’t keep up with demand. Or, more importantly, it’s that the farm doesn’t want to – it could intensify the farming process by rearing the birds faster and indoors, but it staunchly refuses to do so.
Instead, St Brides works with a slower-growing breed, Hubbard, and ensure that every single bird roams outside. This not only provides much higher animal welfare, but also makes sure they are much more flavoursome and have a firmer texture. Studies have shown they are much healthier for you, too. It’s a no-brainer.
And fortunately for those that don’t live near the family farm in Scotland’s Strathaven, St Brides Poultry offer UK mainland delivery, too.
ST BRIDES POULTRY: HOW SUSTAINABLE IS IT?
Frankly, the Live Frankly (geddit? Yeah, we know) founders are city girls. Back when we were spring chickens in the world of ethical farming, we spent a long time speaking with owner of St Brides Poultry, Robert Morris, about how to rear poultry.
We spoke in detail about how much space they need and how much protein should be in their food and, our discussions continue to form a benchmark for a lot of the work we do. It turns out that a lot of meat that’s labelled as ‘free-range’ isn’t genuinely free-range chicken.
All of the slow-growing chickens spend most of their lives outside, and live for around three times longer than mass-produced chickens. What’s more, they live longer than a lot of organic chickens.
They’re fed non-GM grain, forage for bugs, grubs and grass, and are treated to mash from nearby Strathaven Ales Brewery.
Owner Robert Morris says, “It’s all about preserving the traditions of small-scale farming. As everyone scales up, you lose the knowledge of how to work together with the land. It’s quite difficult to work against nature, it has a habit of coming back to bite you in the backside.” Amen.
ST BRIDES POULTRY: HOW DOES IT WORK?
St Brides takes orders of chicken, frozen duck, and duck eggs for delivery. And that, folks, is all you need to know.