At 20 weeks old, female breeder chicks called pullets join other breeder hens and roosters on the farm to produce fertilized eggs.
Eggs are delivered to hatcheries where they are incubated and hatched into chickens.
The chicks are moved to family-operated farms where they eat and drink freely under the watchful eye of a veterinarian.
Once they reach market weight (4-10 lbs.), the chickens are transported to a plant where they are humanely harvested, then washed, cleaned, chilled, packaged and inspected by the USDA at every step.
Distributors ensure chickens are kept chilled during transit to market, ready to be enjoyed by customers at grocers and restaurants across the country.