G.A.P. 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 G.A.P. 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.

Update on Avian Influenza Policy PDF Document

As cases of Avian Influenza (High Pathogenicity) are increasing, G.A.P. has issued a second update to our policy allowing Step 3-5+ birds to be housed indoors, under specific circumstances, for a maximum of 16 weeks, in an effort to minimize risk of transmission. Policy dated April 19, 2022 replaces policy dated February 2, 2022. Click here for more information.

G.A.P. Chicken Partners

3 Little Pigs

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

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

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

Cafe Spice

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Campfire Treats

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

Canidae

Products & Brands
Chicken, Step 2

Campo Lindo Farm

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Compass Group USA

Foodservice: Chicken

Cooks Venture

Farms & Ranches: Chicken, Step 4

DeBoer’s

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Earth Animal

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

Emmaus Foods, LLC

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

EVOL

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1; Chicken, Step 2; Pork, Step 1

Farmer Focus

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3

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, Beef Step 4

Joyce Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2

Joyce Farms

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

LaBelle Patrimoine

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

LaBelle Patrimoine

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Maple Hill

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

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

Norpel

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Step 2

Nuggets Healthy Eats

Pet Food Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

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)

Ranger – The Free Range Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Rocky Free Range Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Rosie Organic Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Rossdown Natural Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Rossdown Natural Foods

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

Rossdown Natural Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 1 & 3 / Turkey, Step 1 & 2

Roxy – The Organic Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Seemore Meats & Veggies

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

Tarantino Meat Co

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Tender & True Pet Nutrition

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

Thrive Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey

Wayne Farms

Farms & Ranches: Chicken, Step 2

Wayne Farms

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Wellshire Farms

Manufacturers & Processors:
Chicken, Beef, Pork

Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Turkey

Yorkshire Valley Farms Ltd.

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

Did you know?

Currently used commercial broiler chicken breeds have a history of welfare issues. G.A.P.’s Better Chicken Project aims to establish a research-based framework for redefining the modern-day broiler. Read more about the first multi-disciplinary research project of chicken welfare that G.A.P. helped field with the goal of impacting the lives of millions of chickens each year.