Our chicken comes from Otter Valley Poultry who are a family-run business situated on the Blackdown Hills of East Devon. Both their organic, and non-organic birds are treated exactly the same way - the difference is in their feed. The chickens are reared for the first three weeks under a gas heater after which they are free to leave the shelter to roam and forage across the thick clover pastures. The pastures are free of any pesticides and fertilisers. In this stress-free environment, the birds take between 10 and 12 weeks to mature before slaughtering, which is approximately twice as long as conventional chickens. They are then processed at an on-farm abattoir and allowed to hang in chillers. The process of hanging allows the carcass to relax and mature developing a superb taste and texture to the meat.