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to expect an £8 chicken to at least be free-range?

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HannahHack Sat 25-Jun-11 17:29:59

Just inspected my Sainos Taste the Difference chicken and noticed that it is Freedom Foods approved and not free-range.
I'm not too bothered about animal welfare tbh, but I thought for £8 you could at least expect something free-range!
i got it online so couldn't see the logo.
AIBU?

MissVerinder Sat 25-Jun-11 17:33:19

Eight Pounds! For a CHICKEN? When did that price go up? The last time I bought one it was £5.50, free range. Good lord. For £8 it should be free range, organic and have it's own one bedroom flat on Primrose Hill!

AuntieMonica Sat 25-Jun-11 17:33:41

sorry you've been 'had', but unless it says 'free range' in the blurb, it won't be

it's not about you BU to me, it's about supermarkets taking the piss angry

MissVerinder Sat 25-Jun-11 17:33:53

stray apostrophe. soz.

Desiderata Sat 25-Jun-11 17:36:06

I guess you haven't heard of the global depression, droughts, high fuel costs, depreciating wages, striking bastards, and profiteering chicken breeders?

Oh! If there was ever a time to return to SPAM ...

MissVerinder Sat 25-Jun-11 17:39:21

Yes, Des but seriously, that was about 2 weeks ago! I'm going Veggie.

Bollockstoitall Sat 25-Jun-11 17:40:54

Dont shop at sainburies, so rather clueless...
What does 'freedom foods approved' mean then?
(I know what free range is, obv.)

pointydog Sat 25-Jun-11 17:41:46

If you're not bothered about animal welfare, why do you care?

Just buy the cheapest shit chicken you can find.

Bollockstoitall Sat 25-Jun-11 17:46:18

That's not very fair.
Beside she said not too bothered.
For 8 quid Id expect the chicken to have been free range, corn fed, organically reared etc.
What else would explain the price?

OrangeHat Sat 25-Jun-11 17:47:58

Just a lesson that you need to read the labels like a bloody hawk.

Punkatheart Sat 25-Jun-11 17:48:58

My chickens are free-range, hand-fed grapes, cuddled and blowdried in the rain.

But I buy other chickens to eat.....daft really....but always free-range.

£8 for a chicken ? Bloody hell, I'd want it alive for that ! grin

Desiderata Sat 25-Jun-11 17:59:20

Hey! I've gone veggie by virtue of a brace which my father insisted on paying for, despite that I am almost 46!

You can wax lyrical about organic chickens or not as much as you like. I can only drool, and imagine what life was like before my teeth turned to butter.

HannahHack Sat 25-Jun-11 18:25:24

My point about animal welfare is that I am happy with Fredom Foods endorsed food, though some think it is still not a high enough animal welfare standrd.

I would have just expected it to be cheaper!

Organic chickens in Morrisons are £8 and imh better. But I NEED MY SHOPPING DELIVERED god dammit!

northerngirl41 Sat 25-Jun-11 18:41:54

I've noticed chickens sneaking up in price... The bog standard ones are now £5/£6 and the organic/free range ones are edging towards £10+

I've switched to just using turkey - much cheaper.

Meglet Sat 25-Jun-11 18:46:25

I get the smallest organic F/R chickens I can find from sainsburys, never had to pay more than £8 for them.

Did you get a huge chicken?

mangomousse Sat 25-Jun-11 18:47:09

I am not shocked by £8 for a chicken - sad but true - but that's not saying I like paying for it. The cheapest one to feed the 4 of us a Sunday Roast was £6 something in the supermarket last week and it wasn't a high falutin' one either. An all bells and whistles one from the butcher is about £12 shock

rebl Sat 25-Jun-11 18:58:40

Blimey!! The biggest chicken we can buy in our butcher is in the region of £6. And its free range. I knew our butcher was good but I hadn't realised he was this good.

choceyes Sat 25-Jun-11 19:08:36

An organic whole chicken is at least £10 wherever I've looked. A decent sized one £12. We only buy organic chicken, but whole chickens are too expensive for us, so we buy organic chicken legs costing about £3 and feeds 2 adults and 2 LOs.

Fo £8 I'd have expected it to be free range.

SparklyCloud Sat 25-Jun-11 19:10:27

Yes YABU, for "not being too bothered about animal welfare"

KilledBill Sat 25-Jun-11 19:13:25

I do the same choceyes - it is hard to feed a big family without a whole chicken, but I buy the free range, corn fed chicken legs for 2 quid a pair, they are much bigger and taste better than the standard chicken legs you get, easily enough with one each.

That way I dont offend my concience or my pocket!

choceyes Sat 25-Jun-11 19:19:04

My LOs are only 2.5yrs and 10 months so not a lot of chicken goes their way KilledBill (although I do end up giving most of my portion to DS who does love chicken!). I'm thinking when they are older we will have to buy double what we buy know...I'm dreading the food bill!

OrangeHat Sat 25-Jun-11 19:26:56

Do be careful! Organic does not mean the same as free range and vice versa.

worraliberty Sat 25-Jun-11 19:31:53

We're having chicken for the first time in ages tomorrow and that's because we've finally managed to get a large one for £6 like they used to sell (morrisons)

For the last couple of months, they've been charging £6 for 'medium' chickens that are what I would call 'small'.

They also look annorexic and would never feed my family of 3 adults and 2 kids.

olderandwider Sat 25-Jun-11 19:52:56

I once paid £16 for a chicken in Borough Market. It was a weird shape (longer and thinner somehow) but my god, the taste. It was straight back to my childhood when chicken was a luxury (pre-intensive battery rearing) and a chicken tasted, well, really chicken-y.

I really appreciated that bird, and even the family agreed is was, to coin a phrase, an exceedingly good coq.

I just hope it lay on silk cushions, was serenaded with harps and flutes, and was fed nothing but organic titbits by a handsome young farmer.

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