"We have four houses and each house will have 22,400 birds," said Ray Vest, a poultry farmer contracted with Wayne Farms.
Keeping those birds free from disease requires sanitizing tires and wearing protective clothing before entering the farm and chicken houses. The temperature in the chicken houses is carefully monitored, the same grain is fed to all birds and antibiotics are used to keep the birds safe.
"It can be great when you look at the welfare of the chicken, it really helps the bird," explained Flood.
It's using the same growing formula, according to Flood, that provides for consistency in quality, safety and the taste of their product.
"When you're making a decision to buy my product, you are going to have the same experience next week and the week after," said Flood.
There will always be debate about which came first, the chicken or the egg. But taking a look at a commercial egg and a free range egg, it's difficult to tell a difference. So is there a difference between the two and is there a difference in the chickens that produce them?
As far as the cost, you'll pay a little extra for that tender loving care of a free range bird. In the grocery store you'll find a commercial raised bird in the $1 per pound range. Goose Pond officials say their birds are in the $3 per pound range.