Tegel’s farming practices adhere to the “Five Freedoms” principles of animal welfare:
Freedom from hunger and thirst
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury or disease
Freedom to express normal behaviour
Freedom from fear and distress
Tegel chickens are cage free and are raised in large, modern, well-equipped barns.
They are free to move around, and have ready access to food and water. These barns are carefully monitored to ensure our chickens are well looked after.
We also raise free range chickens and turkeys. Brought up in large, open barns for the first few weeks of their life, once fully feathered, they venture outside where they are free to roam.
All of our free range farms meet or exceed New Zealand Animal Welfare standards, and are part of a programme that can be independently audited at any time to ensure these standards are consistently met.
Independently audited welfare
All of our Tegel farms are independently audited to ensure they meet or exceed the requirements of the New Zealand Animal Code of Welfare.
This means that any of our farms can be independently checked at any time by a third party auditor, and it also means that we can ensure that all Tegel cage free and free range farms meet or exceed these audited standards.
By using this process, it means that when you buy Tegel products you can be assured that the utmost care has been taken to ensure we have raised happy and healthy chickens and turkeys.