Free Range Christmas Cockerel

Our fresh, free range cockerel makes a fabulous and great tasting centre piece for your Christmas table. Each cockerel is given time to mature slowly and naturally on our family farm in rural Staffordshire. This allows for a beautiful depth of flavour to develop alongside moist, succulent, tender meat. Demand for our fabulous birds grows every year. Order your free range Christmas cockerel today before we sell out.

Award winning, with a fantastic 2-star in the Great Taste Awards – these free range cockerels are sure to make your Christmas dinner just perfect.

If you’re looking for recipe inspiration visit our recipe page for some ideas, and how to use up your leftovers. Our friends over at Sophie Allport have also shared our leftover Christmas pie recipe, so be sure to have a look.

Don’t forget to add your Pigs In Blankets to complete your festive feast (max 2 packs per cockerel ordered).



Free Range Christmas Cockerel

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Small (3-4kg) feeds 8-10 people – £57

Medium (4-5kg) feeds 10-12 people – £67

Large (5-6kg) feeds 12-15 people – £77

Extra Large (6+kg) feeds 15-18 people – £87

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The last date to place an order for Christmas will be Wednesday 13th December at midnight, unless we sell out before that date. Deliveries for Christmas will be made on Thursday the 21st December. Collections in Person from our farm office in Barton-Under-Needwood will be on Saturday 23rd December, between 9am & 12 noon. Please read Delivery information below for areas we cannot deliver to. For any queries regarding online orders please call Caroline on 01283 205427


At Packington Free Range we firmly believe that what is good for the animals and the land will naturally be good for us and better for our customers.

This is the philosophy of our great grandfather before us and we believe passionately in provenance, sustainable and ethical farming which fuels our drive to create an environmentally sound and welfare orientated farm.

  • Delicious
  • Complete Provenance
  • Family Farm
  • High Welfare
  • Environmental Sustainability

Country of Origin – UK

Storage Instructions

Upon receipt of your Packington Free Range Cockerel, please ensure it is kept refrigerated between 0-4℃. While your cockerel can be removed from the presentation box if needed, it must be kept in its protective plastic packaging until you are ready to prepare it on the day of cooking. ​Please be careful of overfilling the fridge or opening it regularly as this will impact the fridge temperature.  ​
If you do not have room for your cockerel in the fridge, you can keep in the insulated box it was delivered in. Simply place the item in a cool place in the house or garage, and ensure you replace the ice packs every 24 hours

Cooking Instructions

For best results when cooking, your cockerel should not go straight from the fridge to the oven. Please allow a little time for your bird to reach room temperature prior to cooking. Calculate the roasting time for your cockerel based on 12-15 minutes per 450g (1lb). Preheat the oven to 190℃/375F/Gas 5. Remove all packaging, smear a little butter over the bird, season with salt and pepper and cover the breast with streaky bacon. Put the bird in the roasting tin and cover the top of the tin with baking foil. Approximately 40 minutes before ​
the end of cooking, remove the foil, discard the bacon. Drain off any excess fat from the tin. Return to the oven to finish cooking and crisp the skin, basting regularly. ​

To test whether the cockerel is cooked, push a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh – the juices should run clear. If they are pink, cook for a further 15 minutes before testing again. Continue until the juices run clear. Once cooked, place the cockerel on a warm platter, cover with foil and rest for up to 20 minutes before carving. Please remember that all appliances vary and these are guidelines only.


What is the delivery cost?

We offer FREE delivery on all Christmas orders.

Delivery date information

If you have selected ‘Home delivery’, your order will be delivered between 8am and 6pm on Thursday 21st December 2023.

Can you deliver to my address?

We can deliver to the majority of postcodes on a next day delivery service.

We can’t deliver to certain areas like the Scottish Highlands, Ireland and Isle of Man due to longer delivery times, please see postcodes of areas we do not deliver to below:

AB30, AB33-38, AB42-45, AB53-56, BT1-94, DD8-9, G9-10, HS1-9, IM1-99, IV21-28, IV40-63, KA27-28, KW1-17, PA22-80, PH30-50, TR21-25, ZE1-3

Collection information

If you have selected ‘Collection’ for your order, please bring your order reference with you to collect from our farm gate in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire. You can collect on Saturday 23rd December between 9am and noon.

When is the last day to order?

Packington Free Range cockerels are extremely popular at Christmas and we have sold out in the past, so we always recommend you place your order as soon as possible to secure your Christmas bird. Subject to availability, the last day to order will be 13th December 2023.

Customer Contact & Tracking

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided by yourself when you order. You will also receive a dispatch email with tracking information so you can view the delivery schedule on the day of delivery, complete with a drop pin of how far away the driver is.

If you provide a mobile number, you can also receive text messages from our carrier providing you with details on your delivery status.

Can I order for friends & family?

You can order from us and we can deliver directly to the recipient – perfect as a gift, or if you’re spending Christmas at a different address.

Missed Deliveries

If you are not home when the carrier attempts to deliver your order, they will leave it in a safe place. If there’s no safe place available, they will leave a card with details and attempt to re-deliver the next working day.

Changes to your Order

If you need to make any changes to your order, please call 01283 713901 or email However, orders cannot be amended after the delivery labels have been processed on Monday 11th December.