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Local non-GMO and soy free chicken farm wins prestigious business award

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Hendricks Farm and Hatchery of McBean, Ga., has won the 2022 Best of Georgia award in Georgia Business Journal’s annual readers’ poll.

Owner/operator Jenny Hendricks says she is both thrilled and a bit shocked.

“I started this business on Jan. 3, and it has grown almost out of control. It all...

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    • Hi Thomas, The website that Scott provided is correct. If you would prefer to not have your meat shipped, you may choose “Pickup” or “Local Delivery” (select locations of Augusta only) when ordering online. We do not have a brick-and-mortar “store”, but you may pick up at the farm by appointment. Our farm-fresh eggs are ONLY available to Augusta residents, as we can’t guarantee safe arrival when shipping. You can always send me a message through our website, Facebook, or Instagram, as I do check them several times a day. The best way to stay in touch with us is to join our email list at http://www.HendricksFarmMcBeanGA.com. We send out educational content, farm stories, and promotional offers via email daily. Thank you again for your interest in our farm, as we are happy to serve you! 🙂

  1. If you haven’t yet done so, go to the web site Mr. Hudson listed in the previous comment. Oh, the things I learned there, not only about chickens, but mass marketing as well! It appears that many Hendricks Farm products are sold out as far as spring of 2023. I want in on these products in the worst way, so I will get my name on whatever waiting list necessary to make that happen. Isn’t there some old adage about “good things coming to those who wait”?

    • Hi Jett, Thank you for the feedback on my website! So happy to hear that you found it helpful. Yes, you are correct that “good things come to those who wait”, as it takes 6 months to raise our Heritage Chickens (instead of the normal 6-8 weeks for commercial chickens). We do sell out very quickly, so it’s best to preorder in January. To join our email list, go to http://www.HendricksFarmMcBeanGA.com. We send out educational content, farm stories, and promotional offers via email daily. If you ever want a topic addressed, just reply to any email, as I personally answer each and every email. You may also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. And be sure to check out our Facebook Reviews. Thank you again for taking the time to leave a comment. We look forward to serving you! 🙂

  2. Several of the statements of fact in this article lack any credibility. They do however perpetuate a couple of very popular urban myths. Reporters need to do a better job of checking the validity of statements.

    • Hi Phillip, Thank you for your comment! I appreciate you pointing this out, as I know exactly which paragraph you are referencing. To Scott’s credit, I do speak a mile a minute, and I did throw a lot of information at Scott during the interview, so I probably confused the matter. If you would, let me clarify these statements.

      First, most Cornish Crosses are raised in enormous hoop houses with little room to move (not individual cages, though one might argue that it is one large cage). Even those labeled “Free-Range” may not ever set foot outside, though a door may be open to the outside during part of their life which meets the legal definition. Due to their crossbreeding, they are predisposed to sit and eat all day long, which is why their food is removed every 12 hours. This also means that these birds have a myriad of health issues, which I discuss on our website.

      Next, it has been illegal to use hormones in chickens since the 1950s. Thus, there are “no hormones added” even if not specifically stated on the packaging. I believe Scott meant to say “antibiotics” instead of “hormones” in that sentence. Antibiotics are used commercially to (1) promote growth and (2) prevent disease in overcrowded conditions. We do not vaccinate our chickens (while in the egg or after they are born) nor do we use antibiotics.

      As for the chicken feed, 99.9% of all animal feed is soy based, and that soy is normally GMO. Soy is a cheap protein that helps plump up chickens faster. Eating GMO does not make you a GMO organism yourself obviously. However, you are what your animal eats. We use a Non-Gmo, Soy-Free, Corn-Free, Non-Medicated feed.

      Only a lucky 3% of the population has ever eaten a REAL Heritage chicken, like your Grandma used to cook. While Cornish Crosses only take 6-8 weeks to reach slaughter weight, our Heritage Chickens can take up to 6 months (4x longer). Of course, age equals more flavor and nutrients, which is why they are healthier for you and taste better. Lastly, air-chilling ensures that there is no added moisture to dilute the flavor along with tenderizing the chicken.

      Thank you for the opportunity to clarify these statements.

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