Pasture-raised chicken vs. industrial chicken
Pasture-raised chickens are allowed to roam freely outdoors. And their diets are inconsistent, as they eat bugs and grubs during the spring, but supplement with grain in the fall when bugs are less abundant.
Industrial chickens are often housed with thousands of other chickens and fed a diet of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. They are also given antibiotics to prevent the spread of illnesses.
You’ll notice at the grocery store that on industrial birds, the breasts are really large. It’s because, as consumers, we’ve all voted that boneless, skinless breasts are the best products on the market. For pastured birds, because they are moving around, exercising, getting nutrition, chasing their food and running from predators, they build more muscles in their legs. So they have smaller amount of breast meat, but larger legs and thighs.