Joyce Farms is proud to be the exclusive North American producer of what elite chefs consider to be the best tasting chicken in the world. Our Poulet Rouge Fermier™ chicken is a “Cou Nu,” or naked neck chicken from France. This bird’s superior flavor will remind you of how chicken used to taste.
We raise our Heritage Poulet Rouge Chickens with old-world care and tradition on our small family farms using "never EVER" standards of purity. Then, we go beyond even that. Our farms follow these French Label Rouge guidelines to guarantee poultry production that is respectful of animal welfare, protects the environment, and produces a superior level of culinary quality.
Only certain genetics are allowed. Slow-growing breeds tend to be heartier and more disease resistant for free range life than commercial breeds.
Smaller poultry houses are required than in industrial farms, and houses per farm are limited to four.
Birds are given outdoor access at six weeks of age (around the same age that commercial and organic birds reach market weight).
Our Poulet Rouge Chickens grow for 84 days, much longer than commercial birds that only grow for 42 days.
A maximum density requirement ensures birds are allowed more room in the houses than birds on industrial or organic farms.
A minimum sanitation period of 21 days between flocks assures houses are free of disease.
To make sure birds are handled humanely and not dehydrated, they must travel no more than 64 miles to the processing plant.
Birds are air chilled, so they are never submerged in chlorine and they are processed by hand.