Frequently Asked Questions
What does the term "All Natural" mean?
The term "All Natural" in the chicken industry, is utilized as a Raising Term as well as a Processing Term. We offer and process both of these two chicken lines, and both of them fall under the "All Natural" category. See explanation below...
The "RAISING TERM"
Our program follows the same processing requirements set by the USDA as well as some very strict raising guidelines. NO ANTIBIOTICS - EVER, NO CHEMICAL MEDICINES EVER, FREE RANGE, 100% VEGETARIAN DIET, NO DE-BEAKING, LOW STRESS ENVIORNMENT. These growing practices are all characteristics of what is called a "NEVER EVER" program, which is referring to NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER. Chickens that are sick with this program are removed from the flock, given antibiotics and moved into a "USDA Natural" program.
The chickens in this program are NEVER EVER given antibiotics. A very small portion of all chickens raised in North America follow these strict guidelines. These raising protocols are what makes this chicken a Boulder Natural Meats product. Because there are no antibiotics given to these chickens there is a longer growing cycle, higher feed costs, higher death rate, and a higher cost of managing this program.
This chicken is suited for the consumer that values these strict raising protocols.
Are all chickens Anti-Biotic Free?
Absolutely not! Simply put, if the label does not say that the product is Anti-Biotic Free, then it isn't. Always read your procuct labels to ensure that the item meets your desired quality level.
Are either of your chicken lines "organic"?
Although our line is not certified organic, our chicken offers most of the same benefits as certified organic for a lower cost. No antibiotics EVER, 100% vegetarian diet, no added hormones and no steroids.
Are growth hormones added to the feed or supplements for either of your chicken lines?
Absolutely not. Federal Law strictly prohibits the use of added hormones in chickens.
Are Boulder Natural Meats products Gluten-free?
Yes. Boulder Natural Meats' single-ingredient fresh chicken and the majority of our Value Added items are gluten free. For our Value Added items, please check the product ingredients just to be sure that this is the case, as this is always a good idea no matter which product you are purchasing.
Where can I find Boulder Natural Meats products?
How long is it safe to keep Boulder Natural Meats products in the refrigerator or freezer?
We recommend fresh open packaged chicken be kept in a covered container in the refrigerator for no more than two days to ensure maximum freshness. Our VSP (Vacuum Sealed Packaging) technology, allows frozen chicken be kept safely in your freezer for up to 90 days.
What is the safest way to defrost Boulder Natural Meats chicken?
We recommend that you place it in the refrigerator. A good rule of thumb is that it takes five hours to defrost each pound of chicken, so plan accordingly. If you're in a hurry, you can immerse packaged poultry in cold water. You can also use the microwave, but watch the chicken carefully since the thinner portions tend to cook while the thicker sections are still thawing. Follow the microwave manufacturer's recommendations regarding defrosting cycles for poultry.
Are your products packaged using plastics and films that are Bisphenol A (BPA) Free?
Yes, 100% of all Boulder Natural Meats products are packaged using Bisphenol A (BPA) Free plastics and films.
What are your chickens fed and are they given any arsenic compounds or does the feed contain GMOs?
At Boulder Natural Meats our Antibiotic Free Chickens are fed a 100% natural, all-vegetable diet of corn, soybean meal, and wheat, fortified with vitamins and minerals and amino acids for health. Our chickens are never given roxarsone or other arsenic compounds through the feed or water, and the feed/water is constantly tested to make certain of its high nutritional value.
Throughout our chickens' lives, we give them the recommended vitamins, including A, D, E, and K, plus B-12, biotin, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin which enhance the chickens' immune system and improves quality. We always try to source a GMO free diet for our chickens, however, we cannot guarantee the use of GMOs in the feed.
Certified: This means the product has been examined by the USDA for class, grade (i.e. Grade A) and other characteristics that demonstrate quality.
Chemical Free: The term is often used in marketing but it is illegal to have on a label.
Free Range or Free Roaming: It means that they chickens have free access to the outdoors.
Fresh Poultry: This is raw poultry that has never had an internal temperature of less than 26° F.
Mechanically Separated Poultry: This is poultry that has had the tissue separated from the bone by a sieve under high pressure. As such, this meat must be designated as "mechanically separated chicken" in the ingredients statement.
No Antibiotics: Poultry sold with "no antibiotics" on the label means that the chicken didn't receive any form of antibiotic treatment at any time.
No Hormones: Federal regulations prohibit the use of added hormones.