Treat yourself to an award-winning cockerel this Christmas
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With Christmas fast approaching, we’re well in to cockerel rearing season, here at Packington Free Range. Our Christmas cockerels are the only ones in the country to hold the coveted two star Great Taste Award. Something we’re incredibly proud of.

Why Buy A Cockerel?

A delicious alternative to turkey, a cockerel is a male chicken which has been slow-reared for up to four months. Our largest birds have been living free range, in small groups, on traditional English clover pasture, since August. This slow-rearing process allows the cockerel to be far bigger than a normal chicken, and results in a lovely deep flavour. Furthermore, it ensures the meat retains its moisture, particularly in comparison to turkey. Our birds enjoy only the finest maize and Omega3 enriched diet with no growth promoters or antibiotics.

Where Can I Get One?

Our free range cockerels allow customers to enjoy a traditional Christmas, with poultry still at the heart of the meal. A large Packington Free Range cockerel is the same size as a medium turkey, and will feed up to 15 people. You can order a cockerel through your local Packington Free Range butcher or farm shop. (Find yours here.) You will receive your bird individually packaged in a presentation box, complete with a brochure, full cooking instructions, a recipe card and letter from the farmer. You can collect your bird from your butcher or farm shop during the week before Christmas.

Alternatively, you can order through our Christmas shop and either pay a home delivery charge, or collect from us at Blakenhall Farm in Staffordshire on 23rd December, where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

We rear all of our Packington Free Range animals under the highest welfare standards, with fully traceable provenance, on our environmentally sustainable farms. Our cockerels are processed in SALSA Accredited facilities and fully Red Tractor Certified. Every year we work hard to improve our production techniques, to ensure the highest level of consistency and customer satisfaction. Year on year, this results in positive customer feedback about the quality, flavour and moisture of our birds.

Our cockerels are available in the following sizes:
Small: 3-4kg (serves 8-10 people)
Medium: 4-5kg (serves 10-12 people)
Large: 5-6kg (serves 12-15 people)

Treat yourself to an award-winning cockerel this Christmas