We'd like to answer as many of your chicken related questions as we can. Below you will find a selection of answers to the most popular questions that are asked. If there are any questions you have related to chicken just send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a reply. The best ones will be added to the list below. To the left we have list of tips for you to browse through and allow you to make the best of your chicken choices.
All of our chickens are born, bred and raised in Ireland.
Carton Brothers have 150 chicken farmers working with us. 144 of these are based in the Republic of Ireland and 6 are based in Northern Ireland.
Our chickens are fed on a natural grain based diet developed by ourselves in our unique chicken only feed mill located in Co. Cavan. By developing the feed in this way we eliminate the risk of cross-contamination from feeds intended for other species and having control means that the finished feed specifications are tailored to exactly what the bird requires for optimal health and growth. The use of some whole grain and coarse ground grain is used and it is this coarse ground grain which mimics the diet the bird would have access to under natural conditions (seeds and grains), and is important in maintaining the healthy functioning of the digestive system of the bird.
Answer 1: Whatever you order first comes first!!
Chickens can fly but only for short distances.
The world's longest flight of a chicken that has been recorded is 13 seconds.
The world's longest distance flight of a chicken that has been recorded is 301½ feet .
A chicken moves at about 14 kilometres per hour.
Uneaten, a chicken can live 8 years.
The fear of chickens is called Alektorophobia.
Chicken with this Bord Bía logo with the tricolour at the bottom is 100% guaranteed to be from the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. Without the tricolour at the bottom of the Bord Bía logo then it will be from the 6 counties of Northern Ireland.
Product bearing the Bord Bía mark is quality assured. It shows that it has met the standards of the Bord Bía QAS both at processor and at farm level. A standard is developed by Bord Bía to the highest international standards and which exceed the minimum regulations set by the EU.
For more information on Bord Bía go to Bord Bía.ie
Generally chicken breast meat contains the lowest level of fat, followed by skinless thigh and drumsticks. Removing the skin from the chicken portion considerably lowers the overall fat content of the meat.
There is no water at all added to our chickens !!
It is important for us to support the Irish Economy which in turn benefits us all. We - Carton Brothers - are a major contributor to the Irish Economy.
Where possible we source all our raw materials from the Republic of Ireland. Carton Brothers has a turnover of €220 million. Of this we spend 90% within the Republic of Ireland. We give direct employment to 700 people and indirect employment to many more. We spend over €20 million in wages and salaries with all taxes paid to the Irish Government.
By buying our Irish product you are guaranteeing these jobs and supporting the Irish Economy.
We don’t recommend “suitable for reheating” on our chicken labels because we do not know how chicken is stored and reheated once cooked. If chicken is cooked and not chilled appropriately, it may become contaminated with bacteria. Also if it is not heated at the correct temperature for the correct length of time it could potentially become unsafe. Also if the chicken is incorrectly stored in a fridge it could be contaminated by raw meat etc. and we cannot stand over the practices that each person carries out in their home environment.
However guidelines on the Food Safety Authority website (www.fsai.ie ) state the following:
Q. Can I reheat leftover food?
Yes. Leftovers should be used within 2 days and stored in the fridge at between 0-5°C during this time. They can be reheated as long as they are heated to 70°C or higher. Food should be very hot and steaming before it is served. It is important when reheating stews and casseroles that the liquid boils for around 3-5 minutes to ensure the pieces of meat are completely heated through. Leftovers should only be reheated once.”
So to answer the question, yes, you can re-heat chicken once you follow the above storage and re-heating guidelines.
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