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    Free range chicken

    Does anyone prefer to buy free range chicken in Thailand ?

    I wanted to cut back on the ubiquitious pork dishes I eat and replace it with chicken and fish more often - thinking that free range chicken would be better than Thai factory farmed chicken , I asked how much it was at the market and was told about 250 baht a kilo vs 80 baht for the steriod version

    and fish ? knowing how unscrupulous asian business people are , if finding farmed fish that has not been fed with ground up john does and chinese sourced groth hormones , is difficult ?

    I am interested to hear of experiences of people who try or are able to eat more organic meat in Thailand

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    I guess you know of the Paleo Robbie website, might give you some idea of what's available ( which is pretty much everything) and at what cost.

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    The free range ones I see running around look fukkin skinny and eat god knows what.

    Give me a turkey sized Betagro one anyday

    I do buy the free range eggs though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Paleo Robbie website
    Yeah this one. Paleo is utter bullshit but that aside the website is good and they have a good selection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Give me a turkey sized Betagro one anyday
    Likewise. Just checked the one I bought this morning at Foodland, 120 Baht per Key vs 330 Baht per Key at Paleo Robbies and there'd be delivery fees to add. They'd want to be fucking good, the Betagro ones certainly are at about a third of the price.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I do buy the free range eggs though
    Ditto.

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    Hate to disappoint you but just because it says its Free range means shit.

    Some countries only need to open the hen house for one hour and they are Free range.

    If they are Organic they have to be approved organic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    The free range ones I see running around look fukkin skinny and eat god knows what.
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    ^ does need deep frying that bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    Hate to disappoint you but just because it says its Free range means shit.

    Some countries only need to open the hen house for one hour and they are Free range.

    If they are Organic they have to be approved organic.
    I read somewhere they can satisfy the 'free range' criteria if there's an accessible hole large enough so that the chicks are 'free' to wander outside.

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    Your only guarantee is raise em yourself. How many things sold in Thailand do you trust as gospel ref the description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Your only guarantee is raise em yourself
    What we do. Only have about 10. Get eggs but don't eat the chickens.

    Buy fryers and roasters from cousin who has stall in local market.

    Know what they are fed and how they are raised so no worries.

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    how much are you paying per chook ?

    I bought 2 today for 250 each - look very dufferent to the white things at tesco

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    I bought 2 today for 250 each
    Steep.
    Can buy whole ones cooked and butterflied on the roadside here for 130 baht.

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    You could buy a couple of the red hens at 200 Baht each, then get free range eggs?

    We have free range chickens at home but a lot have names and I'm too soft to kill them.

    Our pond is full of organic pla nin and pla tabtim but they take an awful long time to grow. Taste good though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    how much are you paying per chook ?
    Depends on size. 230 to 260 baht for nice fat whole roasters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    You could buy a couple of the red hens at 200 Baht each, then get free range eggs?
    I live in a moobarn whith a small lawn at the front and around the sides and a large number of trees , but not enough land for fish and chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Can buy whole ones cooked and butterflied on the roadside here for 130 baht.
    are you sure they are chooks ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    I live in a moobarn whith a small lawn at the front and around the sides and a large number of trees , but not enough land for fish and chickens
    are you sure they are chooks ?
    Balders, what's quite clear is you need to move else the Chicken proportion of your monthly living cost will get out of hand. You can get a 2kg chook in the UK for 120bht, well 3 actually. So its either buy Chico's Land and raise your own or move to the UK or give up chicken.

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    Grow your own.

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    500 baht a week is fine by me and I don't end up with chicken shit all over the patio and have any small plants I am growing decimated

    fair enough if I was living on a farm in nakon nowhere

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    How can they be 'free range'-ing eggs when they don't move, even if they wanted to. Seems stoopid to me.

    What does free range eggs really mean?

    Free-range eggs are eggs produced from birds that may be permitted outdoors. ...Eggs from hens that are only indoors might also be labelled cage-free, barn, barn-roaming or aviary, following the animal happiness certification policies, also known as "happy chickens" or "happy eggs."



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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Your only guarantee is raise em yourself. How many things sold in Thailand do you trust as gospel ref the description.
    Exactly.
    Many do just that.
    Issues resolved.
    Except if one is a fucking captured whinging city-slicker that purchase all their goods at the beloved Western-style supermarket [thinking they're receiving exceptionable quality] - there's no hope.


    Noting, there is no comparison like homegrown "free-range" eggs and in some cases [depending on how they're raised/kept] the same applies to the chooks.

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    ^Jeff you're in Portland and are completely clueless when people are talking about things in Thailand, as usual.

    Fuck off Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    xcept if one is a fucking captured whinging city-slicker that purchase all their goods at the beloved Western-style supermarket
    Where do you purchase your food, Jeff?

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    Jeff buggers the cloaka claiming he is checking their free range credentials

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Jeff you're in Portland
    He is indeed. Making a living. Jeff has lived and knows Thailand better than most here. But we stray of the price and goodness of Thai chicks.

    Ballder is paying about the right price for his chocks at local market although probably only semi free range as are my lovely wife's.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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