Pastured Poultry Vs. Conventional Poultry

In this post, we discuss the difference between pastured poultry and conventional poultry. Learn why you should always look for *pastured* ...

To address a FAQ: yes, we do eat poultry! While we are always beef based, we like to cycle through other animals to get unique nutrients, & in January, we’ve been on a poultry-kick! Chickens, in particular, do so much for the soil. They are weed-eating, bug-killing, soil-enhancing machines; a vital part of the holistic management process, following the cattle in rotation, spreading cow dung as fertilizer. The image below compares the nutrient profile of pastured chicken to round steak. Peep those niacin, selenium, & K2 levels.

Changing the diet of animals affects the nutrient composition of the end product. The nutrients WILL vary depending on how the animal was raised & the type of feed!

View the image below for the differences between conventional & pastured.

And now the following image for how the feed of chicken affects the end product that we eat...

Forages (pasture) are high in Omega-3s, whereas grains are mainly omega-6s. The digestion physiology of *monogastric* animals suggests forages lead to a final product w/ more nutrients. This is significant for poultry. There’s no “100% grassfed chicken” - they’re always supplemented w/ feed. Why? Well, cattle/sheep have a rumen, like a large tank converting fibrous pasture into a digestible food source. Single stomached (monogastric) animals, such as chickens, are not capable of digesting all of these fibrous materials & need a balance of protein & fats to thrive, see image below.

Chickens on an un-supplemented, vegetarian diet fall short of an essential amino acid (methionine) & can become ill. Worse, the birds start pecking at each other in search of nutrients. “Vegetarian fed” does NOT fit chicken’s omnivorous needs!

The following image shares a study comparing the nutrients of conventional vs. pastured chicken. There’s no question pastured = higher nutrients & lower omega 6:3 ratio (good).

These differences are significant when eating an animal-based diet. What we eat is what our bodies use. So we suggest looking for “pastured poultry”, BUT this term isn’t always regulated. Ask your farmer about his/her practices. Or source from WOP, our favorite pastured poultry source. Use code ‘strongsistas’ at checkout to help support us!