Free Range chickens and eggs

The Chicken Marketing Board only permits farmers to raise up to 49 broilers (meat chickens) without having to purchase quota. There is no official criteria to define "free range" for chickens, however certified organic regulations have minimum space requirements for chickens that provide for humane treatment. Outdoor poultry is a seasonal operation, so it is best to find your source of chickens early in the year and place an order for fall butchering. Similarly, free range eggs are more widely available in the warm months.