Are free range chooks better?

  • Standing in front of the ColesWorth chook section looking at the whole chooks and trying to decide what to buy?

    The Coles brand normal chook is @$5kg. The Coles Free Range is @$7kg. LilyDale Free Range $8-9kg. The upmarket ones range from $10-$12kg.

    So I wander over to Aldi and their Free Range is $6kg.

    Next to check out the butchers and dedicated chicken shops.

    A "premium" chook is @$20 for a bantam size chook. I guess they're the only ones nowaday allowed to runaround free.

    Is it really worth it to spend the extra for a premium chook to roast?

    and what with the chook sizes getting smaller and smaller. Large is looking pretty small nowadays.

  • Maybe, the wife usually just grabs the Aldi budget ones for about $4kg and they always taste good.

    When I have to buy them I always get what’s on special at the local Woollies which is sometimes the free range ones and I don’t really notice that much of a difference but I’m sure if you bought one from a specialty breeder the would taste better just like beef and lamb.

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  • It's definitely better for the chooks to be free range. Australia's definition of free range has a fair amount of poetic licence though. Organic is much more regulated and reliable.

    Organic chickens (and real free range chooks) have a more varied diet, get more exercise and are (at least for the organic) much older when slaughtered.

    The amount of fat changes (reduces) significantly. Taste is harder to tell because we always add flavour to the meal so it becomes difficult to determine what's what.

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  • My wife swears the ... I think "Slow Hills" brand chook from Coles tastes better even in chicken soup.

    I'm dubious but at least the chooks ate better off and it goes on sale regularly enough so I stock up when it does.

  • I'd love to know where they're getting them from to be selling them so cheap! I've been hit with 3 prices rises in as many weeks and just can't afford to sell them for under $10 per kg. (free range)

    Once you put my meat in your mouth, you're going to want to swallow.

  • I'd love to know where they're getting them from to be selling them so cheap! I've been hit with 3 prices rises in as many weeks and just can't afford to sell them for under $10 per kg. (free range)

    I'm going with scale of supply chains

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  • I'd love to know where they're getting them from to be selling them so cheap! I've been hit with 3 prices rises in as many weeks and just can't afford to sell them for under $10 per kg. (free range)

    There's 'free range' and there's 'free range'. Pre-covid Costco had a choice of free range eggs - 15000/ha and 1500/ha. The Manning Valley eggs are 2500/ha.

    I assume it's the same with meat-chooks and that the big stores aren't getting their chooks from lower density farms.

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