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Cobb has a long-standing commitment to animal welfare. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of the chickens that we breed, raise and distribute worldwide. To achieve this goal, we have clear standards and expectations for animal handling and care at our farms and hatcheries, and we work with many researchers and poultry experts to continuously advance poultry health and poultry well-being.

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EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

HEALTHY BIRDS

COBB CARES

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We care about chickens. We are constantly striving to make improvements in animal welfare to benefit the chickens we raise and produce for our global customers. Our farms, hatcheries and feed mills are located in many different areas of the world. These photos will give you a bird’s eye view of our poultry farms and hatcheries, and will also provide you with a visual perspective of how Cobb Cares for our chickens on a daily basis.

Farms

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Our breeding chickens are raised on farms located in rural areas. To keep chickens healthy, strict biosecurity requirements are essential to reduce the introduction of disease. These external biosecurity requirements include: fences and gates to exclude livestock entry, secure chicken houses to avoid wild bird or rodent entry, and a shower building for all personnel entering the farm.

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Breeding chickens start their life at a rearing farm and remain on this farm for approximately 20 weeks. At the rearing farm, males and females are raised separately so that their weight, uniformity and health can be carefully monitored as they grow. As part of our Cobb Cares expectation, our farmers provide daily care for the flocks and utilize precise lighting, nutrition, temperature and ventilation programs so that the chickens can grow, develop and mature correctly. Rearing flocks also receive specific vaccines to boost their immune status for their long-term health and well-being. After 20 weeks of age, breeding chickens are moved to the laying farm where female breeding chickens (hens) are placed with male breeding chickens (roosters) to produce fertile hatching eggs. On a daily basis, farmers provide feed, water, lighting and ventilation to meet the needs of the laying flock. These daily Cobb Cares checks also allow farm staff to assess the health and behavior of their birds as they walk throughout the laying flock and to proactively evaluate any birds that don’t meet Cobb quality standards. Farm staff also collect the fertile hatching eggs several times during the day and prepare the eggs for shipment to the hatchery.

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Learn more about Cobb’s Commitment and Focus

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

HEALTHY BIRDS

COBB CARES

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