July 24, 2015. Candor, North Carolina.
Maikai Shaburger moves crates of live chicks. After being sprayed with Newcastle/Bronchitis vaccine, the chicks are readied for transport to the facilities where they will mature.
Chicken producer Perdue Farms Inc. has become the first major poultry company to attempt to raise more than half of its flock with no antibiotics, human or for animals only. As demand for meats free of medicines has risen, Perdue has upgraded their facilities to increase cleanliness and sterility to allow the company to cut antibiotics out of the chicken hatching process.