About Bell & Evans

Bell & Evans — America’s Oldest Branded Poultry — is a pioneer in the natural foods market. For four generations, beginning in the 1890′s, we have been providing the highest quality poultry to the upscale market. Our chickens are raised and processed in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, in our modern facility, using only the latest technology. Today Bell & Evans is a leading producer of chickens raised without antibiotics. Our chickens are fed an all-natural diet of hexane-free soy bean meal and corn, supplemented with vitamins and minerals.

Unlike companies run by conglomerates, where the day-to-day operating decisions are made by managers in remote locations and management strategies are based on the bottom line, we are a family owned and operated company. In fact, we’re part of a network of family owned companies, our growers, our feed producers, and our hatchery operators, just to name a few.

You will find Bell & Evans in the finest restaurants, premium butcher shops, natural food stores and hand-picked supermarkets. Our retailers understand there is more work involved in handling fresh chicken. But they realize the extra work is worth it for their customers.

In addition to fresh chicken, we have developed a full line of ready-to-cook and fully-cooked frozen entrees and premium snacks made from Bell & Evans chicken.

The Excellent Chicken and more!

But it’s not all about chicken. Our other fine products include Bell & Evans Ducks, Cornish Game Hens and Turkey products. At the holidays we offer Whole Turkeys – the same producer of Bell & Evans turkeys has been the White House choice for holiday dinners for more than 30 years. Our turkeys are all-natural and bred to grow slower, produce an extremely broad breast (up to 20% more breast meat) with a moist, tender and flavorful taste.

15 thoughts on “About Bell & Evans

  1. Does Bell & Evans discard the male chicks, and if so, how is it done humanely? Also, please blog about how your company ensures humane treatment of the birds during slaughter.
    Thank you,

    • Marla,
      No, we do not separate the male and female chickens. We raise both sexes in our chicken house together. It has been proven that male and female chickens are happy companions. Male and female chickens who live together have lower stress levels. I will consider your suggestion for an upcoming blog entry. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Hi, I just learned that in some of the large commercial chicken producers, male baby chicks are discarded right after birth because they have no use in the chicken industry. The methods used to kill these babies is by grinding alive, smothering and other barbaric methods. Whole Foods assured me that there is no way they would buy a chicken from an organization that treats male baby chicks in this manner. How can I get information on how Bell & Evans handles male baby chicks. I hope the answer will be that they have a lovely life until processed for the store, just like the hens. Please advise. I haven’t had a chicken or an egg and I won’t until I know I’m getting my chicken from sources that does not engage in these practices.

    Look forward to hearing back

    • Pat,
      Thank you for your comment. In our chicken houses both male and female chickens live together. We do not “discard” the male chicks. We at Bell & Evans like to think that we are very different from others in the poultry industry and do not practice the same standards that they do. I invite you to read my previous blog entries and you can see for yourself that our practices and standards are far from the others. You can be confident that Bell & Evans do not participate in those “barbaric” methods.

  3. Scott,
    Does Bell & Evans use growth hormones in their chickens, and in particular, in the breaded chicken tenders.
    Thank you.

  4. You state that your turkeys are grown in PA by the same farm that’s been supplying the White House for over 30 years. Would that be Jaindl Farms? If so, is there any difference between the way they raise their turkeys and how they’re raising them for Bell & Evans? Is it their exclusive breed of turkey that you’re selling? Thank you.

  5. U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced that it had ended a ban on Chinese chicken imports by approving four Chinese poultry processors to ship processed (“heat-treated/cooked”) chicken to the U.S.
    My children love chicken nuggets and I will only buy Bell & Evans. However, in the future can I be sure that the prepared chicken products that are sold with the Bell & Evans name on it will continue to be the highest quality poultry grown here in the United States of America?

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