Poulet Rouge Fermier
All that superiority of flavor is no accident. Our Poulet Rouge is the Redbro Cou Nu, or red feathered naked neck. This highly valued breed was recommended by the French genetics company as the best breed from a culinary standpoint in the Label Rouge system. Not only does the Poulet Rouge have a superior taste, it has better meat texture and its thin skin finishes very crispy compared to most chickens.
We raise our Poulet Rouge chickens on small Carolina farms, according to long-standing, old world Label Rouge tradition. It is a hearty breed, known for its natural good health. And we allow them to grow slowly and mature naturally, as they roam free or take comfort out of the weather in cooled or heated areas.
Why Air chilled?
We air chill all our heritage birds to nurture the very finest flavor profile. That means they are never submerged in chlorinated water for chilling, as are most organic birds. This artisanal handling promises that they retain the most natural taste in the meat and also have a crisper skin for roasting.
Not only is it good for taste but also for the environment. According to a Clemson University study, air chilling saves up to one gallon of water per bird. The USDA estimated that could add up to 4.5 billion gallons of water in the US every year. Air chilling takes more time and expense, but we believe it’s worth it for our unique portfolio of heritage poultry.
Joyce Farms feeds our Poulet Rouge a purely vegetable diet, according to the strictest natural guidelines. Our feed contains no hormones, no pesticides, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients EVER. Free to eat whenever they like, they grow up happy and stay healthy according to their own internal time clocks.
We limit our flocks to 8,000 per house (less than half of the common 20,000-30,000 in commercial flocks), which creates a low-stress environment with generous space and maximum comfort. And we watch over them in the cleanest, most natural surroundings that meet the highest standards in the industry for their health and well-being.
We handpick only the best birds for market, and all our Poulet Rouge are hand selected to standards higher than USDA grade A, so you can always count on top quality. Every stage of production is monitored from farm to fork.
The meat of the Poulet Rouge has a natural and appealing color so it comes to your table not only with exquisite taste, but with a unique and beautiful presentation befitting generations of fine cuisine. The bird has an elongated breast, thin skin and long legs. These attributes are much different than the fast growing, industrial chickens.
Poussin Rouge Fermier
Our Poussins are our very young Poulet Rouge chickens. They are harvested at five weeks of age for an exceptionally tender and delicious Poulet. The dinner for two for people in the know.