GAP Species: Broiler Chicken

Chicken farms vary significantly depending on where they are located. For example, our Base Certification and Enriched Environment certification levels are primarily indoor systems, whereas the chickens in the higher tiers are raised outdoors. That’s why our program supports continuous improvement, and is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model. As with all of the animals in the GAP program, our third-party certifiers audit every farm, every 15 months to ensure our standards are being met. That’s something you can definitely feel good about.

Access a detailed version of our comprehensive standards in the documents below or reference this quick, at-a-glance overview of the key standards being met at each certification level to understand which level could be achievable for your farm or ranch.

All levels of certification: No antibiotics ever | No added growth hormones* | No animal by-products | Every farm 3rd party audited every 15 months

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising poultry.

Standards in green indicate a new or changed requirement from the previous certification level.

GAP Chicken Partners

3 Little Pigs, LLC

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

365 by Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey

365 Everyday Value

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3 / Pork, Step 1

Adena Poultry

August 15, 2017

Allen Harim

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Allen Harim

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Americhicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Applegate Farms

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1 & 3 / Chicken, Step 2 & 3 / Turkey, Step 1 / Beef, Step 4

Bay Valley Foods Inc.

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Bell & Evans

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Bell & Evans

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Bell & Evans

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Best Dressed Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Bilinski’s Sausage Mfg Co

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Campo Lindo Farm

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Coleman Natural Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 1 / Chicken Step 2, 3 (ORG), 5

Compass Group USA

Foodservice: Chicken

Crystal Lake Farms

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 4

Crystal Lake Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 4

DeBoer’s

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Emmaus Foods, LLC

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Family Ranch

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Filet of Chicken

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Fork in the Road Foods

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Pork, Step 1

FreeBird Chicken

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

FreeBird Chicken

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Freshpet

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Turkey, Step 1

Gourmet Foods, Inc.

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Happy N’ Healthy Pet Products

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Beef

Isernio’s Sausage Company

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd.

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Joyce Farms

Manufacturers & Processors:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2, Turkey Step 4, Beef Step 4

Joyce Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2, Turkey Step 4

Joyce Farms

Products & Brands:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2, Turkey Step 4, Beef Step 4

Maple Hill

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Marksbury Farm Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 4 / Beef, Step 4

Mary’s Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3 & 5

Miller Poultry

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Miller Poultry

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Naked Truth

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Nature’s Rancher

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1 / Chicken, Step 2 / Turkey, Step 1 & 3

Only Natural Pet

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Original Brat Hans

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3

Perdue Farms

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Pine Manor

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Pitman Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2, 3 & 5 / Turkey, Step 3 (ORG), 5 (ABF)

Rossdown Natural Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Shenandoah Valley Organic

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3

Tarantino Meat Co

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Tender & True Pet Nutrition

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Chicken, Step 3 Organic / Turkey, Step 1

Wayne Farms

Farms & Ranches: Chicken, Step 2

Wayne Farms

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Wellshire Farms

Manufacturers & Processors:
Chicken, Beef, Pork

Wilde

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3 / Turkey, Step 3 / Pork, Step 1 / Beef, Step 4

White Oak Pastures

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 5 / Turkey, Step 5+ / Beef, Step 4, 5+ / Pork, Step 4

Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Turkey

Yorkshire Valley Farms Ltd.

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2 / Turkey, Step 2

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Did you know?

GAP is replacing 100% of chicken breeds that result in poor welfare outcomes by 2024 with breeds meeting specified welfare outcomes within its 5-Step® Rating Program. With this change, we can affect the lives of almost 300 million chickens annually.