07.04.14 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad

At SumoSalad, we only serve Free Range Chicken, it’s all part of our plan to serve you food that is as ethically sourced & healthy as possible. So you can eat our delicious salads and know you’re doing good for yourself and the planet!

Want to know more? Check out the most frequently asked question below!

What free range standards are in place?

The standards are based on the “FIVE FREEDOMS” which are:
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
2. Freedom from Discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease: by prevention, rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to Express Natural Behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and the company of the animal’s own kind.
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering.

What is the free range farm life like?

Our free range chickens spend the first 3 weeks of their life indoors in a barn until they are fully feathered and equipped to handle going outside. Once fully-feathered, the free range chickens are free to roam during the day on their range, enjoying the shelter provided, foraging and pecking amongst natural vegetation. At night time, they are housed in large barns to keep them warm, comfortable and safe from predators.

Where are the farms?

Within 100kms of our 3 processing plants in farming land in the countryside of New Zealand. Two are on the north island (New Plymouth & the outskirts of Auckland) and one on the picturesque south island (the outskirts of Christchurch).

How many free range chickens are on the farm?

Typically around 10,500

What are the chickens fed?

Our free range chickens enjoy a balanced and nutritious diet comprising of quality cereal grains, such as wheat, sorghum, soya protein meals and supplemented by vitamins and minerals to ensure optimum health and well-being.

Are the chickens given growth promoting hormones?

No, our chickens are not given growth promoting hormones.

Do the chickens eat outdoors?

Our chickens are free to forage outdoors amongst natural vegetation in their range, however their feed and water is provided inside the barn and is available to them at all times – day and night.

Are the chickens confined in cages whilst they are inside the barns?

Absolutely not. All our chickens are free to roam in fenced areas adjacent to their barn or can move around inside the barn. The barns are large, warm (temperature controlled) and have wood shavings on the floor.

Are the chickens GM?

Absolutely not. Our chickens are not genetically modified at all.


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