Farming

Fosse Meadows

Our ethos

By growing our 81 Day slow grown Fosse Chicken that little bit longet (two weeks longer than organic standards) there’s a definite link between the quality and length of life of the chickens and the resulting excellent quality of taste and succulence.

1. Happy birds
Kept in small flocks outside in the meadows promotes natural behaviours and enabling a little more individual attention. Our birds don’t want to stay in-doors!

2. Free range
Our chickens get more space and live longer than other free range & organic chicken with pesticide – free grassy pastures to graze, scratch out insects in the bottom of the hedge and take a bath.

3. Slow foods
81 days slow grown to maturity naturally to develop the birds flavoursome and textured meat.  It’s delicious!

4. Well fed
You are what you eat and the same can be said for our birds, which eat ethically sourced cereals free from routine antibiotics, any additives and growth hormones.

5. Preparation
All our birds are prepared with consideration and care in a small processing plant some of the process done by hand.

Why do our chickens and cockerels taste so much better?

We pride ourselves on the welfare we deliver for our birds.  The length of time we give our birds to reach maturity and develop flavour and the people we work with to achieve a delicious chicken that has a loyal following.

The chickens are reared underneath heat lamps from day one, they are fed an antibiotic and additive free ration we buy from a local Leicestershire feed mill. At three weeks they are free to roam the fields, bask in the sun, shade in the hedgerows and small field shelters.  Their feed ration has a little maize and some marigold flowers added which along with the keratin from the grass gives them a lovely golden appearance and adds a little extra fat. We like to use outside field drinkers as we find that birds naturally like to drink outside.

The chickens happy go lucky existence takes them to on average 81 days, like a lot of french producers. The 82nd day doesn’t go so well but we have researched a lot of slaughter houses before we found one that has the same ethos as us.

We were and still are inspired by the great Label Rouge Chicken from France where they grow their birds to a minimum of 81 days. This true slow growing of our birds is where we gain on flavour over other producers, the food costs are higher per bird but we feel that for the quality of bird you get its worth the extra time.

As the producers and seller this quality is our name, supermarket brands be them organic or standard free-range, maximise efficiencies (or bend the rules) to save on cost. The cockerels are matured for another 4 – 6 weeks which all adds to the flavour and meat quality, making a perfect dinner party or festive feast.

… and what about our turkeys?

Our turkeys come as day olds from Farmgate Hatcheries and are the same chicks that go on to become Kelly Bronze birds. Like chickens they are reared under heat lamps until 4 weeks.

After which they are given a large grassy paddock to roam in, full of logs and pallets for them to perch on. They have a large straw bedded barn and we construct perches so they can roost as if in a tree. They are fed a TFF approved additive-free slow growing feed from a local mill and we supplement it with Oats from the farm next door. In total the birds take 6 months to reach maturity and develop the mature flavour we want our customers to enjoy. This length of time gives the bird that rich flavour and allows for marbelling of the meat and for them to put a nice fat layer down – no more dry turkey!

They are presented boxed with a pop up timer and recipe information for your celebration feast.