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There are different types of barns used in conventional chicken farming. The majority of the modern barns built today are the "tunnel or closed" style of barn, which mean the chickens may not have access to an open air environment and direct natural light. Freedom Farmed chickens are exclusively grown in "open sided barns", which have traditional wire mesh sides with adjustable shutters or curtains that when opened, allow fresh air and natural sunlight to stream throughout the barn. Whilst the chickens stay within the barn, the wire mesh sides let the outside environment in.
Natural light allows our chickens to produce vitamin D naturally and encourages them to be more active and practice their natural behaviours such as perching, socialising, foraging and dust bathing. Freedom Farms barns also have the addition of perches, as well as more space for the chickens to move about than conventionally farmed chicken.
In Freedom Farms barns, the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards are adhered to, ensuring the chickens' behavioural and physical needs are met and the environment is comfortable through the control of elements such as bedding materials, ventilation, and lighting.