How do I carve a whole chicken?
In order to divide it into 6 pieces, separate one of the leg quarters by cutting the skin that connects it to the breast. Turn and pull the leg quarter away from the bird until the joint breaks and cut through it. Repeat the procedure for the second leg quarter.
Separate the wings by twisting them and pulling them outwards and cut through the joint.
Cut along the middle of the chicken breast on one side and turn it over. Cut on the other side to divide it into two halves.
To cut it into 8 pieces, you can separate the drumstick and thigh. To get 10 pieces you also have to cut the breast in 2 pieces.
How are chickens fed?
Our chickens are fed on the best cereals in the world. 90% of their feed is made of corn (69%) and soybean (30%) produced in the best plantations in Argentina. The rest of their feed is composed of wheat bran, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, salt, gluten and meals.
The cereals are milled for easier digestion and nutrient absorption. They are later weighed and mixed in the right proportions to obtain a balanced meal ideal for the birds' nutritional needs.
Birds' rapid growth is exclusively due to their genetic growth potential based on crossbreeds that have been made to obtain the best genetic characteristics possible. It is due to this potential that we are able to produce birds that grow more in less time.
Myths of hormones in chicken meat.
There is no growing hormone for chickens sold in the world, and no hormone exists that could make chickens grow more.
Growth hormone for chickens is a specific one, and it is produced by the same chicken. It can only make chickens grow and there is no side effect over the human being or over other species.
The other hormone which professionals and people in general suspect about is the oestrogens or any other hormone which could affect normal sexual development.
Today's chicken is raised in a very short period of about 50 days, reaching a growing level superior to de 50g per day, an average weight of 2,600g when slaughtered and an average of 5,200g of feed intake.
These results are due to an intense selection programme applied to the genetic lines for the breeding and their grandparents, in order to obtain breeders capable of transferring to their descendants –the broilers– that extraordinary "hybrid vigour".
It is also necessary to add the correct nutrition, which makes them develop that genetic potential, effective preventive medicine and demanding biosafety to prevent infectious and parasitic diseases. Not least is the detailed care of environmental conditions and adequate tools, as well as the careful handling of birds during these 50 raising days.