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Best place to buy Organic Chickens in Montreal?

Having watched a show on French TV here in Quebec recently on how they give antibiotics to chickens in the egg even while unborn to speed up the growth process I am convinced to purchase my own organic whole chickens and prepare meals myself. Does anyone know where to purchase organic chickens. i.e. chickens raised without antibiotics?

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  1. There are a a few organic butchers on the second floor of the Atwater market, they tend to be pricey, even for organic stuff, but it's a good place to start.

    My provigo carries some organic chickens, and I would guess that most lablaws do.

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    1. re: Moosemeat

      Really? Organic chicken at Provigo? Do you remember from which farm? Or are you talking about the naturally raised stuff?

      1. re: Venusia

        I've seen them in grocery stores, too. I think it really depends whether there is local demand for it. For some odd reason my local Metro stocks lots of rare meat and offal, but no organic meat. The IGA in my old hood had organic chickens and game meat, but not much offal. YMMV.

    2. Not hundred percent sure that they are raised organic (you can perhaps call them to check), but poultry from Fernando (116, rue Roy) are all Quebec raised and taste much better (and much like chicken) than conventional chicken.

        1. Les Fermes St-Vincent, the organic butchers at Jean Talon and Atwater markets, are the best I've found at the retail level; be prepared to pay a bundle, however. ExoFruits on Côte-des-Neiges and Supermarché PA (at least the store on Park Ave.) also sell organic birds (I don't recall the producer).

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          1. re: carswell

            Prince noir at JTM also sells some for 9.90 a kg if I remember correctly. I just bought and ate one this weekend and it was especially good. (My first organic chicken) I was just amazed to see how normal its proportions were compared to "regular" chicken. It had wings with actual meat on it and the breast didn't look like it had been blown up. My wallet won't like me but I think it'll be organic chicken for me from now on.

          2. Boucherie Westmount in NDG has some organic free range chickens sometimes, call and ask Tony if he has some, if he doesn't he will get them in for you. Prices are ok, not cheap but not totally overpriced either. He has also started getting in more special poultry like quail, goose, fully smoked turkey and capons.

            5207, Sherbrooke/Marlowe

            1. Dunno about Montreal, but in San Francisco Costco recently started carrying organic chicken.

              1. I get mine at the Metro on Laurier, and it'll usually cost about twice as much, but hey, at least I'm not putting even more crap into my body.
                Another alternative is to buy kosher chicken, which, if I'm not mistaken (I'm a goyim), is almost as pure. You can find them at the Loblaw's up in Ville St-Laurent.

                1. Loblaws carries them in their frozen organic section.

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                  1. re: FrenchPeach

                    Okay I'll have to take a closer look, I had the impression they only had prepared foods in that fridge. I've seen the organic chicken nuggets, but never a whole organic chicken. I buy mine from Le Crepuscule, you don't need to buy a share to purchase from them.

                    1. re: Venusia

                      I finally found the PC Organics chicken at Loblaws; it was in the conventional meat section, next to the frozen New Zealand lamb. 8.80$/kg for a 1 kg chicken, they look tiny like quails. Well, in a pinch, it's good to know it's there. Ferme Le Crepuscule sells them for 7 $/kg, and you can get large or small ones.

                      1. re: Venusia

                        Where do you buy the ones from Le Crepuscule? The chickens I bought at Prince noir cost around 9.90$/kg. if I remember correctly. They were really good though.

                        1. re: Simon Patrice

                          They have dropoff locations all over the city. FWIW, they supply Au pied de cochon with old hens.

                            1. re: Venusia

                              could someone please help me?

                              i was trying to figure out where their drop off locations are but i am have a bit of trouble.....

                              1. re: hala

                                It only seems to list dates and areas of town (under "points de chute" - you have to go into placing an order to get the submenus). 5 Saisons carries their chickens as well, on a regular basis.

                                1. re: cherylmtl

                                  They also sell small ones (frozen) at Segall's aka the "stinky store" on St-Laurent just south of Duluth. Though I will look into the drop-offs.

                                2. re: hala

                                  For safety reasons, you won't get the addresses from the website, you need to contact Jean-Pierre and Debbie directly and they will give you the contact info for the coordinator, who usually hosts the drop off. The drop-off locations are usually people's houses. For example, my drop-off is at a residential location, she has a freezer outside in her carport and when the orders come in, she calls everyone and we go pick up and leave a cheque. The arrangements may differ by location.

                                  Jean-Pierre is presently taking a butcher course, within a few months he will start offering fresh meat.

                      2. Rachelle-Béry has their recurring Ferme des Voltigeurs organic chicken special again: 8.80kg/3.99lb for two weeks (until December 3rd).

                        Though I think I also prefer Le Crépuscule.

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                        1. re: lagatta

                          Thanks lagatta, PA had it for the same price last week (I'm assuming it was on sale as it was 8.80 as well, I didn't look in the PA flyer at the time).

                          It's a bit far fetched that Ferme St Vincent sells the same Voltigeur chicken for 13.95/kg.