Chickens and Cockerels

Nick and Jacob explain what makes their Fosse chicken so special compared to others…

Our farm rears traditional free-range chicken for the table, the birds are kept in mobile sheds overnight and have free-access to the fields and farmland during the day, free-ranging on clover-rich pastures, free from any pesticides. Being slow-grown in small flocks means that our birds live their lives naturally and really do roam all over the fields, unlike mass production systems. We do not fence our chickens into the field as they go back into their sheds to roost at night and are protected from foxes when they need to be. During the day they get to scratch about in the bottom of hedgerows out of the sun or rain. The chickens are fed a maize rich additive-free cereal from a local feed mill which is perfect for slower growing birds – it also cuts down on food miles!

As testament to our farming we received one of the highest accolades for a tasty British chicken, by food writer Christopher Hirst in the Independent, who described our birds as:

“Succulent with great depth of flavour and long aftertaste. Legs have a good meaty flavour like guinea fowl.”

The Cockerel

We also want to promote the cooking of a capon or cockerel, The Fosse Meadows free range cockerel is a juicier, bolder meat with a gamier flavour – quite simply delicious. We really think that people have forgotten how good this bird is and in turn they are not often found outside of Christmas…however, we are selling our birds weekly at our farmers markets and online, so order now for a tasty treat!