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Free-Range Chicken Farming

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Some chicken farmers are heading for the pasture and leaving the pins behind. K-S-M-U's Katie Hummel reports.

Jim Protiva is a free-range chicken farmer in southwest, Missouri.

Jim's farm, which is located in Pomona between West Plains and Mountain View, is home to over 2,000 chickens.

Jim's method of farming involves raising chickens in-doors until they're about 3 to 4 weeks old, then moving them out to the pasture.

But the chickens are not the only ones thriving.

Jim says this method of farming is both practical and philosophical.

Jim says his customers prefer poultry free of antibiotics.

Like Jim says, most confinement methods of chicken farming have to use antibiotics in order to rid the animals of disease caused by things like fecal matter and others forms of contamination related to indoor confinement.

But he isn't