At the British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board, we know how important it is show our appreciation for the hard working chicken farmers in our province. Some of those hardworking chicken farmers are Lisa and John and their children from the South Shuswap Region in BC. Here is a look at some of the amazing work that they do.
John and Lisa’s family have always taken chicken farming very seriously, treating their chickens with care. Twice a day, every day a member of their family walk through their barn, listening to the sounds of the chickens chirping, knowing that each chicken’s chirp can tell them if something is wrong. Their biggest concern is and will always be the health and welfare of their entire flock. That is why they are constantly paying attention to the barn’s temperature, the feed and water lines, and their flocks living conditions.
The other side to the daily work is the paperwork and audit process that comes with the job. Once a year, a BC Chicken Marketing Board Inspector will audit their chicken farm in order to ensure that each of their birds are being treated fairly and are being raised properly. During the auditing process, John and Lisa will show the inspector their carefully kept records, including daily information about the barn’s temperature and humidity, the weight of the birds, how much they drink, and how each day went. They will also provide the inspector with all of their feed slips from the feed company, so that the inspector knows exactly what the chickens are eating.
All of the chickens raised on this family farm are free to roam the barn, grain fed, and are never fed any hormones or steroids. To Lisa and John, there is nothing more important than making sure that their birds are always comfortable.
If you would like to learn more about chicken farming in BC, please contact the British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board at 604-859-2811 or through our website. The British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board is a non-profit organization that monitors and regulates the production and marketing of BC chicken. You can also stay up to date by following us on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.