Employing nearly 100 years of experience, Allen Harim has developed a process for producing the highest quality chickens available while maintaining an Animal Welfare Policy that puts the welfare of the bird first. We move the bird carefully and comfortably through the following process:

Breeding

 Liberty, North Carolina is the site of our breeder operations, where specially bred hens lay more than three million eggs per week. Breed characteristics are paramount to the quality of our finished products. We have selected breeds that result in flavorful, tender chickens with an ideal ratio of meat to bone.
 
Eggs are collected daily, inspected, sorted on trays and marked by lot number. They are kept at a constant temperature in special cooling rooms, which promotes proper chick development. Every business day our specially designed trucks transport eggs to Allen Harim's hatcheries in Seaford and Dagsboro, Delaware.
 

Hatching

Once in our hatcheries we transfer the eggs to the Setter Room where they are placed in incubators. Quality assurance keeps track of humidity and temperature, while automated trays turn the eggs every 45 minutes to imitate a hen's natural instinct. After 18 days the eggs are taken to the Hatcher Room.
 
During this transfer we use state-of-the-art equipment to safeguard the embryos, inoculating them while they are still in ovo. The eggs are then placed in atmospherically controlled cabinets with sufficient air flow to facilitate the hatching process. At one-day-old, the chicks are transported to growout farms.

Growout

Allen Harim has more than 220 independent growout farms and 19 company-owned growout farms. Farmers are responsible for safeguarding the chicks, which means setting up and maintaining systems for feeding, watering, ventilating, heating and cooling in well-maintained growout houses.
 
If an independent grower wants to join Allen Harim's or expand their operation, we will help them design and set up a growout house, and work with them to obtain financing. We consult with growers frequently on bird health and well-being, as well as bird waste management.
 
Our poultry flock supervisors monitor the chicks at every stage of their growth until they are ready for transport to our production facilities. Allen Harim’s veterinarian is apprised of the health status of all flocks and may recommend needed actions to ensure healthy birds.
 

Feed Milling

When customers ask what factors contribute to develop chickens of such high quality, the answer - above all others - is the quality of our feed and feed ingredients. Allen Harim receives many unsolicited compliments from customers, who mention the better flavor of our birds.

Daily monitoring and periodic testing of feed for consistency and nutritional content assure that we always meet our exacting standards for quality.

Processing

Broiler chickens are transported to Allen Harim's Harbeson Delaware plant for processing:

  • Harbeson produces a complete line of bulk, deli items and case ready tray pack products. Roasters and whole bird products are available as well. Antibiotic Free products in both a case ready and food-service line are available at this location. 
All processing and packaging takes place under the watchful eyes of our associates, our process management, our Quality Assurance personnel, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).   Birds are graded, sorted, and iced or dry packed before loading onto Allen Harim refrigerated trucks for transport to domestic destinations.   Export products are moved to USDA monitored cold storage operations where they are blast frozen prior to being shipped to various markets around the world.