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  • Big Bobcat Killed by Top Predator in Florida

    08/26/2014 6:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A Florida man demonstrated human' occupation of the top predator spot by shooting a big bobcat that had lost its fear of men.   The big cat was killing and eating a chicken a day for a month, and killed the last one just feet from the man  and his children. Florida Farm Where Bobcat Killed 30 Chickens From local10.com: "Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood...
  • In Iowa, a dispute over neighbor’s chickens threatens Braley’s Senate bid

    08/08/2014 7:55:37 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 97 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/7/14 | Philip Rucker
    Brooklyn, Iowa — The battle for control of the U.S. Senate could come down to a dispute between two neighbors in this heartland hamlet over four plump, wander-prone hens. This spring, Pauline Hampton’s chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braley’s vacation property on tranquil Holiday Lake. Hampton said she did not know this until she walked over one day to offer Carolyn a dozen fresh eggs. To which she said her neighbor replied, “We aren’t going to accept your eggs — and we have filed a formal complaint against you.” Carolyn took her complaint to their neighborhood homeowners’ association board...
  • Do Chickens Have a Sense of Humor? (this is a 'serious' question based on observations)

    05/31/2014 6:43:00 PM PDT · by lee martell · 79 replies
    May, 31, 2014 | lee martell
    I work at a group home in Novato for disabled adults. I enjoy the job and my co-workers. I also like the city of Novato, a little to the north of San Francisco. Novato is a decent sized town, at 27 square miles, and a population of about 52000. There is a comfortable balance of the urban and the rural in this city. Many neighborhoods have started to keep a small group of chickens in their backyards. I believe roosters are allowed too, if they don't raise too much ruckus. I was at the group home today in the staff...
  • Illinois spending $1,166 per bird to bring in prairie chickens

    05/19/2014 5:50:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    fox ^ | 5-19-14 | Scott Reeder
    The cash-strapped Illinois government has found a new use for its fleet of aircraft – flying birds into Illinois. I kid you not. State aircraft are flying to Kansas and transporting prairie chickens back to the Land of Lincoln. And at a time state lawmakers are looking at raising the state income tax, Illinois state employees have been hiking across Kansas trapping these chickens. Talk about fowl fiscal deeds.
  • PETA “Hopping Mad” About White House’s Easter Egg Hunt

    04/28/2014 6:58:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | April 26, 2014 | Philip Hodges
    Some people are saying that this time, PETA’s lost all credibility. They’ve crossed the line. I’d ask when PETA ever had any credibility? It is not possible to take them seriously. They have to pretend that they’re outraged by animal abuse so that they can raise lots of money from rich and flaky Hollywood liberals. Their latest attack is on the White House for using real eggs in their Easter egg hunt:
  • Nine Ways To Be More Self-Sufficient (Even If You Live In The City), by K. Sowell

    02/04/2014 6:49:25 PM PST · by Kartographer · 119 replies
    Just a Marine ^ | 2/4/14 | K. Sowell
    1. Invest in a water filter. 2. Build an emergency medical kit. 3. Keep a few hens. 4. Grow some vegetables and/or fruits. 5. Learn to can. 6. Get a stand-alone freezer. 7. Learn to bake bread. 8. Purchase at least one firearm and get comfortable using it. 9. Homeschool your children.
  • vanity. Neighbor's chicken is in my house. neighbors ain't home. help! (Update @ 80)

    11/08/2013 6:24:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 141 replies
    me | today | me
    Neighbor's chicken escaped. I caught it. Now what?
  • Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think

    09/29/2013 5:17:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 27, 2013 – 01:49 PM | Philip Bethge
    Their social lives are complex, and they can congregate in large groups. Their heart rates increase when they notice a family member suffering. They sound the alarm when they discover food or a potential threat. And experiments have shown they even anticipate future events. Biologist Justin Gregg is talking about chickens. … For more than 50 years, the dolphin has been viewed as an especially intelligent creature, grouped together with human beings and great apes. But now a dispute on the subject has erupted among scientists, and the smart aleck of the seas may end up being just an average...
  • San Francisco Firm Cooks Up Sustainable, Affordable Egg Alternative

    03/15/2013 10:55:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | March 14, 2013 11:51 PM | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A San Francisco food producer wants to make you an omelet without breaking any eggs – and they may be able to do it with one key ingredient they make in a lab – no chicken required. From their Mission District laboratory, Hampton Creek Foods and CEO Josh Tetrick are taking aim at the egg farming industry. “We just cannot go on eating like we all are right now with our food system,” Tetrick said. “It’s just unsustainable.” Many Bay Area farms let chickens roam the pastures, but the Humane Society says more than 90%...
  • Chick-fil-A to stop giving money to 'anti-gay organizations,' according to reports

    09/19/2012 9:39:44 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 50 replies
    mercury news ^ | 9/19/12 | By Jeremy C. Owens
    After sparking anger nationwide by vocally supporting the fight against same-sex marriage, the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain has reportedly agreed to halt giving money to groups that seek to ban the practice. The chain's president and son of its founder, Dan Cathy, sparked the furor in July, when he gave an interview to a Christian radio program in which he said "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'" He later said, "We want to do anything we possibly...
  • Liberal Chickens [VDH]

    08/29/2012 4:52:10 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/29/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Virtually every left-wing attack on Bush can legitimately be turned against Obama. It could not last — the attendee of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church sermonizing on tolerance; the practitioner of Chicago politics lecturing on civility; the most partisan voting record in the Senate as proof of a new promised bipartisanship; earlier books and speeches calling for hard-core progressivism as evidence of a no-more-red-state-blue-state conciliation. And in fact the disconnect did not last, and Barack Obama finds himself dealing with assorted chickens coming home to roost. In the summer of 2004, Michael Moore released a crude propaganda film, Fahrenheit 9/11,...
  • Feds foist chicken ID on frustrated farmers

    07/13/2012 2:39:54 PM PDT · by lward99 · 33 replies
    Times 247 ^ | 7-13-12 | Katherine Timpf
    Voter ID has gotten large amounts of media attention, but residents of rural areas are concerned about another identification issue that has remained largely ignored: chicken ID. ... The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rules for Animal Disease Traceability, developed in August 2011, are now in their final stages. They require identification of farm animals, such as poultry and cattle, that cross state lines. Many farmers worry the rules would send them on a literal wild goose chase, forcing them to catch and hold down each bird to attach an identification tag. Read more: http://times247.com/articles/88feds-foist-chicken-id-on-frustrated-farmers6#ixzz20XcTgF3L
  • French village Pince to hand out chickens to cut waste

    03/28/2012 7:24:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/28/12 | BBC
    French village has proposed giving two chickens to each household in order to cut down on organic waste. Officials in the village of Pince in north-western France say the chickens should each consume 150kg (330lb) of rubbish per year. It is hoped that as well as reducing waste, the chickens will help families save money by providing eggs. Those who express an interest will receive their chickens in September, officials say. "To begin with it was a joke, but then we realised it was a very good idea," mayor of Pince Lydie Pasteau told France 3 TV. "It will also...
  • Explosion Reported at Home of Ga. 'Chicken Man' (Chicken Man Blows Himself Up)

    03/26/2012 2:35:31 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies · 32+ views
    ABC News ^ | 03/26/2012 | GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press
    An explosion on Monday rocked the suburban Atlanta home of a man known for his fight to keep chickens on his property, and emergency officials say a body was found inside. Marshals had been on the scene for about two hours trying to evict Andrew Wordes, who's known as the "Chicken Man," when the explosion happened around 12:45 p.m., said Antonio Johnson of the Fulton County marshal's office. Minutes before the explosion, Wordes told them to leave the property that was in foreclosure. Other than the body found inside the house, which officials did not immediately identify, no one was...
  • Hens Rescued from Abandoned Egg Ranch, Need Homes

    03/06/2012 9:00:49 AM PST · by GOPinCa · 25 replies
    VACAVILLE— Animal rescuers in Vacaville are getting closer to adopting out thousands of chickens that were rescued last month from an abandoned egg ranch. The hens were left for dead by Andy Keung Cheung, the owner of A&L Poultry, according to Stanislaus County Animal Services. Officials say most of the 50,000 hens were either dead or had to be euthanized because they were in such bad shape. Animal Place in Vacaville is one of three rescue groups currently rehabilitating the hens that were deemed healthy enough for potential adoption. Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary in Orland and Harvest Home in the...
  • Iran Warns Israel will be Destroyed Sooner if it Names Jerusalem as Capital

    01/07/2012 2:29:15 PM PST · by bayouranger · 29 replies
    atimetobetray ^ | 1-5-12 | Reza Kahlili
    According to MehrNews, the mouthpiece of the Islamic regime in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the Knesset’s decision to declare al-Quds (Jerusalem) the capital of Israel not only will not save the Zionist regime but also will speed up the regime’s annihilation. Ahmadinejad made the remarks during a meeting with the head of Turkey – Iran parliamentary friendship group, Murat Yildirim, in Tehran on Tuesday. He said that the Judaization of al-Quds (Jerusalem) is in line with the domineering powers’ colonialist policies to save the Zionist regime and dominate the region. Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad said that...
  • America warns Iran that blocking oil route will 'not be tolerated'

    12/28/2011 4:57:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 28 December 2011 | Paul Harris
    Iranian navy soldiers take part in a military exercise in the Strait of Homruz on Wednesday Tensions between the United States and Iran have dangerously ratcheted up as naval officials with America's Fifth Fleet warned any attempt by Iran to close a strategically vital oil route through the Strait of Hormuz would "not be tolerated". The news heightens a sense of growing crisis in the Persian Gulf after two days of threats by senior Iranian figures that they might shut down the important trade route in response to any future international sanctions against the country's oil exports. "Anyone who threatens...
  • More Chickens Test Positive For West Nile Virus

    11/25/2011 11:24:22 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    KESQ ^ | November 23, 2011 | Erik Sandoval
    Two chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. The samples were taken from coops located in Thermal and southwest of Mecca, said a CMVCD spokesperson. The news comes one day after the agency announced a Cathedral City resident became the first human case of West Nile reported in the area since 2008. District staff will intensify mosquito surveillance, spraying larvicide, and making the public aware in these areas in an effort to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes.
  • New Hen owner

    11/19/2011 5:21:15 AM PST · by simplesimon · 72 replies
    simplesimon ^ | 11/19/2011 | simplesimon
    We just recently purchased 6 Buff Orpington hens that are getting ready to turn 8 months old and were already laying. Yesterday I noticed one of the girls has a black diarrhea. Not sure if it's a "stress" or if it's food or illness causing it. We currently give them layer crumble and have recently given them stale bread ( OMG They're like my labs with food , when it comes to stale bread lol ) and some cabbage leaves. Just was wondering if anyone has had experience with black diarrhea in your hens and could offer some tips.
  • A top Senate Dem says Iran plot may be act of war (Carl Levin)

    10/12/2011 11:11:13 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 32 replies
    WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States may be an act of war against the U.S. Sen. Carl Levin says he wants to study the implications of using the term before deciding it applies. But the Michigan Democrat said the alleged scheme might be an act of war, and was certainly a serious threat to the U.S. Levin told reporters that either way, there should be a serious response by the U.S. He declined to say what that response might be.
  • Kessler: Bomb Iran Now For Washington Terror Plot

    10/12/2011 10:56:58 AM PDT · by Fennie · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 11, 2011 | By Martin Gould
    The Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador and blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington is a clear act of war says former Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Newsmax chief Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler - with Kessler adding the plot should be answered with a U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
  • Sacramento council OKs up to three hens in city back yards

    08/30/2011 9:46:07 PM PDT · by Selene · 38 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | Aug. 30, 2011 | Ryan Lillis
    Chickens are no longer backyard outlaws in Sacramento. With a unanimous vote tonight, the City Council passed an ordinance that will allow city residents to keep up to three egg-laying hens in their back yards starting Nov. 1. ...Dr. Glennah Trochet, the county's public health officer, said she has spoken with state health officials and poultry experts at UC Davis and neither recommended striking down a backyard chicken ordinance because of concerns over disease, including the bird flu.
  • Potatoes and Chickens

    05/29/2011 8:40:17 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Some folks think that you dig potatoes our of gravy, and that chicken is something you buy at the grocery store, ready to cook....
  • Feral chickens have proliferated in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina

    04/12/2011 10:56:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 9:02 AM | Katy Reckdahl,
    Since Hurricane Katrina, Ruby Melton's 9th Ward enclave has welcomed a new species of neighbor: clucking, crowing, prancing chickens that dart across streets and nest in the trees. Animal control officers place the stray chickens with a farmer they call the Chicken Man, LeBlanc said, noting that capturing the creatures is "extremely hard" and often requires the effort of several officers. The job hasn't proved as vexing for a band of swift, persevering kids who have invested countless hours stalking and nabbing the feathered bandits, said Ed Buckner, director of the Porch, a cultural organization in the 7th Ward. When...
  • Unclaimed chickens wander Phoenix

    03/09/2011 8:13:25 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 95 replies
    upi ^ | March. 9, 2011
    PHOENIX, - Officials in Phoenix said they lack options for dealing with a flock of about five chickens recently spotted roaming a neighborhood. Lynelle Nowlin, 63, said he has lobbied Phoenix and Maricopa County officials to get rid of the chickens, which he described as a nuisance, but they said they have no power to deal with the free-ranging fowl, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday. "The chickens are proliferating," Nowlin said. "This is not the way our neighborhoods are supposed to be." Gary New, area supervisor for the Phoenix Neighborhood Preservation Division, said the division's inspectors can only take action...
  • "Birther Bill Losing Supporters"

    03/03/2011 7:19:13 PM PST · by jamese777 · 130 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/3/11 | April Hunt
    Some Georgia lawmakers couldn’t backpedal fast enough Thursday on a “birther” bill supported earlier this week by a majority of House members. First to block out his name with a heavy black marker on House Bill 401 was John Meadows, chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. A steady stream of legislators followed all day. By 5 p.m., at least 23 of the original 93 backers were gone from a proposal requiring presidential and vice presidential candidates prove they were born in the United States. Among them was the bill's lone Democratic supporter, Glenn Baker of Jonesboro. Seventy sponsors is...
  • 2011 Egg Production in the Chicken McMansion

    02/28/2011 7:00:12 PM PST · by Bean Counter · 45 replies
    February 28, 2011 | BC
    February is done and I have tallied numbers for my backyard coop egg production for the month. I recorded my 2010 egg production on a different thread here... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2618506/posts JAN 2011 128 Eggs 4.129/Day A.E.: 62.37 G 7983 G. Total 281.592 Oz. 17.6 lbs. Feb 2011 133 eggs 4.75/Day A.E.: 62.21 G 8274 G. Total 291.857 Oz. 18.24 lbs. NOTES: * A.E.= Average Egg (Weight in Grams) * 1 Oz.= 28.3495 Grams
  • Suburban Living... You Can Do This...

    01/15/2011 1:17:05 PM PST · by waterhill · 39 replies
    wimp/frugalsquirrels ^ | 1-15-11 | me, I guess
    http://www.wimp.com/livingland/
  • Cheep Chic

    11/14/2010 8:23:44 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 18 replies · 4+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | 11/14/10 | Joane Kaufmann
    Elizabeth Lampert’s daughter, Siena, wanted a horse. “But that would have been expensive,” says Lampert, the owner of a public-relations agency just outside San Francisco. Instead she went to a local hay-and-feed store and bought the 10-year-old a pair of chickens. “Then Siena thought they were getting lonely, so we got three more.” Lampert pays her daughter $2 a day to feed them, herd them back into their coop every night, and collect their eggs, generally two or three a day. “The eggs are amazing,” Lampert says. “They taste rich and creamy. The yolk—it’s very orange. Siena used to ask...
  • Egg production for the Chicken McMansion

    10/31/2010 5:55:53 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 46 replies · 1+ views
    October 31, 2010 | Self
    Now that October is closing out, I have tallied my numbers and thought it might be interesting to discuss egg production year to date in our Chicken McMansion. June 2010: 2 eggs; 84 grams total; 2.963 oz.; .185 lbs July 2010: 86 eggs; 4415 grams total; 155.735 oz.; 9.733 lbs August 2010: 154 eggs; 8117 grams total; 286.319 oz; 17.895 lbs September 2010: 134 eggs; 7512 grams total; 264.978 oz.; 16.561 lbs October 2010: 140 eggs; 8923 grams total; 314.749 oz.; 19.67 lbs. To date, our coop has produced a total of 516 eggs weighing 64.044 pounds. (One ounce is...
  • Chicken Poop in Your Steak and Eggs? Litter and Salmonella Go Together

    08/27/2010 7:50:12 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 76 replies
    Associated Content/Yahoo ^ | August 27th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    What could contaminate the feed that caused the salmonella egg outbreak? How about feeding the chickens back their own manure and litter? If you think that that is far fetched, read here and here. The word "by-product" starts to take on a different meaning. Not only do chickens get fed chicken litter, but chicken litter is also fed to cows.
  • Dutch troops withdraw from Afghanistan

    08/01/2010 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2010-08-02 04:09:37 | Editor: Mu Xuequan
    THE HAGUE, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Dutch troops ended Sunday it' s four years mission in Afghanistan and handed over the responsibility in the Afghan province of Uruzgan to the U.S. and Australia, makes the Netherlands the first NATO member to leave Afghanistan. According to the Dutch Defense Ministry, the Dutch troops had 24 casualties and 140 injuries during the last four years. "But we have brought the people of Uruzgan major improvements." "It hurts because it marks the end of the Dutch leading role in Afghanistan, I want to say goodbye to the people here we have intensive...
  • Chicken costumes banned at Nevada polling places

    05/22/2010 6:12:13 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 32 replies · 1,315+ views
    latimes ^ | May 22, 2010 | Andy Barron
    Nevada election officials say voters dressed in chicken costumes won't be allowed inside polling places this year. The chicken suits were added to the list of banned items Friday after weeks of Democratic ridicule directed at Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden. Lowden has suggested bartering with doctors for medical care, like when “our grandparents would bring a chicken to the doctor.” Democrats have set up a website, Chickens for Checkups...
  • Courtesy of Sue Lowden: A chicken in every doctor's pot

    04/30/2010 8:14:53 AM PDT · by americanophile · 20 replies · 869+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2010 | Eugene Robinson
    If you haven't heard the name Sue Lowden, brace yourself. She is a Republican who might well become a U.S. senator from Nevada, and judging by her idea for containing health-care costs -- critics call it "chickens for check-ups" -- she threatens to make Sarah Palin sound like some kind of pointy-headed policy wonk. Yes, I said chickens. There is a larger point to be made about the kind of thinking, or non-thinking, that Lowden exemplifies. But first, it's my duty to recap her perilous foray into health-care policy, which sounds like a good premise for a Monty Python sketch....
  • Poulet chalets

    04/25/2010 4:56:11 PM PDT · by thecodont · 8 replies · 435+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, April 25, 2010 | Valerie Fahey, Special to The Chronicle
    Whether it's a desire to eat locally or a concern about where and how food is raised, a growing number of people are adding a little cluck to their backyard. While urban chicken farming, like food gardening and beekeeping, is nothing new, its popularity has grown in recent years. "Sales of baby chicks are up about 50 percent from a year ago," says John Bellandi, owner of Alamo Hay & Grain. Online searches are going gangbusters. According to Yahoo, searches for "chicken coops" are up 100 percent, while searches for "chicken coop plans" are up 225 percent (these numbers represent...
  • LA passes law limiting roosters to 1 per household

    09/22/2009 4:47:07 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 33 replies · 1,288+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 2009-09-22 | (AP)
    LOS ANGELES — The chickens have come home to roost for Los Angeles city dwellers who keep roosters. The City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that — with few exceptions — allows only one rooster per property. It was spurred by complaints over noise and hygiene and concerns over illegal cockfighting. Janice Hahn, who authored the bill, says it will give residents of her district some peace and quiet.
  • Early Polynesians Sailed Thousands Of Miles For Trade

    09/27/2007 3:46:25 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 509+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 9-27-2007 | Dave Hansford
    Early Polynesians Sailed Thousands of Miles for Trade Dave Hansford for National Geographic News September 27, 2007 Early Polynesians sailed thousands of miles for exploration and trade, suggests a new study of early stone woodworking tools. The analysis confirms traditional tales of vast ocean voyages and hints that a trading network existed between Hawaii and Tahiti as early as a thousand years ago. The work also bolsters research suggesting that the Polynesians were skillful sailors who rapidly expanded across the Pacific and journeyed as far as South America by the 1400s A.D. Kenneth Collerson and Marshall Weisler of the University...
  • Chicken Bones Suggest Polynesians Found Americas Before Columbus

    09/16/2009 1:07:41 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 86 replies · 1,473+ views
    livescience.com ^ | 04 June 2007 | Heather Whipps
    Chicken Bones Suggest Polynesians Found Americas Before ColumbusBy Heather Whipps, Special to LiveScience Which came first–the chicken or the European? Popular history, and a familiar rhyme about Christopher Columbus, holds that Europeans made contact with the Americas in 1492, with some arguing that the explorer and his crew were the first outsiders to reach the New World. But chicken bones recently unearthed on the coast of Chile—dating prior to Columbus’ “discovery” of America and resembling the DNA of a fowl species native to Polynesia—may challenge that notion, researchers say. “Chickens could not have gotten to South America on their own—they...
  • PETA Unhappy Meals Targeting Kids

    08/07/2009 9:34:28 PM PDT · by Schatze · 59 replies · 1,346+ views
    Slashfood ^ | Aug. 7, 2009 | Sara Bonisteel
    Kids hoping to grab a Happy Meal from McDonald's might end up with PETA's Unhappy Meal instead. The animal rights organization lifted its moratorium on the McCruelty Campaign this year and since June has distributed Chicken McCruelty Unhappy Meals to McDonald's customers outside about a dozen restaurants around the country. "McDonald's markets its food to children by packaging it in brightly colored boxes with toys," Lindsay Rajt, a spokeswoman for PETA, tells Slashfood. "But most kids really love animals, and if they knew that McDonald's suppliers were breaking the wings and legs of gentle animals like chickens, I think that...
  • Tips for getting tasty eggs from backyard chickens

    07/27/2009 3:14:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 918+ views
    deseretnews ^ | July 26, 2009 | Martha Stewart
    Dear Martha: I'd like to raise chickens. Which breed of chicken is best for egg production, and do you have any tips? A: It's not so much about the breed of chicken as it is about how you're going to keep them. You absolutely must have a well-fenced yard, so raccoons and other animals don't get the chickens; the fence should extend 12 to 14 inches into the ground. The coop will need electricity to run a light and keep their water from freezing in winter; you can also get a heated water dispenser. I let my chickens out every...
  • Area Residents Raising Chickens for Fresh Eggs (IL)

    07/18/2009 8:07:22 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 59 replies · 1,396+ views
    The News-Gazette ^ | July 18, 2009 | Heather Colt
    HOMER, IL – It may seem like an easy way to save a little money on your grocery budget: Buy a few chickens and start collecting farm-fresh eggs. An increasing number of families in our area are doing just that, and some are also selling their surplus eggs to neighboring families. Garry Herzog, owner of Prairieland Feeds in Savoy, said there's been a steady increase in demand for "laying feed" for chickens over the past two to three years. He said his store also gets many requests for how-to information from chicken-raising rookies. And if Yahoo! is any indication, the...
  • Montana woman uses chickens as therapy animals

    06/22/2009 1:00:30 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies · 461+ views
    POLSON — Therapy dogs can be a comfort for seniors and those recovering from illnesses and injuries. So how about therapy chickens? Jana Clairmont of Polson, Mont., calls her therapy birds — a white rooster and Cornish game hen — "Fowl Play."
  • Chickens Becoming Urban Pets

    06/17/2009 6:54:16 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 90 replies · 2,057+ views
    myfoxny ^ | LILY FU
    If you hear the sound of clucking next door, you might just be hearing your neighbor's new pet. Pet chickens are on the rise and they're making their home in city dwellers' backyards. More people are finding it attractive to keep chickens as pets, not only because they're cute, but because people want to produce their own eggs and retain a slice of rural life. "People are turning to things that remind them of simpler times," Ron Kean, a poultry specialist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, told the Los Angeles Times . "If you're smart, you can save money...
  • Waffle Bike

    05/28/2009 10:29:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies · 495+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 13, 2008 | tomsachsvideo
    Waffle Bike is a fully weaponized waffle making device complete with call to prayer public address system. It’s also the name of a short film—documenting the bike’s maiden voyage in search of chickens, naturally, to lay the eggs for the batter. In Waffle Bike, a perfectly clipped narrator chirps out Waffle Bike’s features, which include a Honda Harmony en2500 generator, a 9-inch Norweigan waffle maker, a small refrigerator up front, a tape deck (which plays through three 8-inch, 25-watt, all-weather trumpet horn speakers made in China), and two 12-gauge homemade shotguns. The film is charming and disturbing and funny—and the...
  • 3,000 Chickens Culled In Southeastern Bangladesh

    05/11/2009 6:36:13 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies · 392+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 11, 2009 | Siddique Islam
    Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN) - Some 3,000 chickens were culled after bird flu was detected at a poultry farm in the country's Southeastern Cox's Bazar district town on Sunday night. "On Sunday officials from the center informed us that bird flu virus was found in the samples," District Livestock Officer Dr Zaker Ullah was quoted by The Daily Star, a local newspaper, as saying. He also said they collected samples from the poultry farm on Saturday and sent them for testing to the Regional Livestock Research Centre in Feni. Poultry birds at other farms in the area are being examined to...
  • More suburbanites, hobbyists raise chickens

    04/18/2009 9:18:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 1,312+ views
    hostednews ^ | 4-17-2009 | BETSY TAYLOR
    A sport utility vehicle loaded with 1,200 baby chicks in cardboard boxes pulls up to the Clearview Feed and Seed store, where customers come to pick up their peeping, cheeping poultry orders on a recent spring day. Poultry dealers, chicken feed businesses and self-proclaimed "chicken enthusiasts" nationwide report city slickers and suburbanites are showing greater interest in raising small flocks of chickens far from the farm. Store workers whisk boxes from the vehicle — where the heat is cranked up to keep the chicks warm — and gently sort the downy birds born at a hatchery into smaller containers. Temporary...
  • Chicken breed advice for Texas?

    02/17/2009 11:58:23 AM PST · by Marie · 61 replies · 2,145+ views
    me | 2-17-09 | self
    I need some advice on chicken breeds. Where I live in Central Texas, in the summer it’s not uncommon for us to have a 6 week run of high temperatures going over 100’. So here’s what I’m looking for in my dual-purpose hens:- I want girls that are temperature hardy that can handle the heat. (I know that I’m going to have to help any chicken survive a severe, prolonged heat-wave, [fresh water, misters, shade, etc.] but I don’t want to suffer 50% losses just because I was stupid enough to get birds which were never bred to handle it...
  • Dogs do in chickens at center of Worthington controversy ("I want his world to be bunnies..")

    02/10/2009 8:35:27 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 29 replies · 876+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Dean Narciso | Dean Narciso
    Dogs do in chickens at center of Worthington controversy Tuesday, Dean Narciso 3:21 PM By Dean Narciso THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Lael Weyenberg stands outside the chicken coop in her backyard in Worthington. Chris Russell | Dispatch Lael Weyenberg stands outside the chicken coop in her backyard in Worthington. Hillary, Veronica and Cindi are dead. The backyard chickens -- the subjects of a neighborhood pecking match that spilled over into a packed Worthington City Council debate last month -- fell prey to two loose dogs on Sunday, police said. Lael Weyenberg and her husband, Andrew Rozmiarek, returned from a friend's house...
  • Oxfam Officer: Israel Killed Some 35.000 Palestinian Chickens in Gaza (LOL)

    Oxfam Officer: Israel Killed Some 35.000 Palestinian Chickens in Gaza By Davut SAHIN (JTW) Israeli Gaza attacks not only killed the people but also the animals of Gaza. Elena Qleibo, who works in the Gaza Strip as a Food Security and Livelihood Officer for Oxfam, reported yesterday that some 35,000 chickens were also killed during the bombardment and the price of eggs in Gaza went up. "Before the war, a kilo of eggs used to sell for 2.40 Euros (£2.20), now in some places people pay up to 5 euros (£4.60)" she added. Elena Qleibo further said "there were non-exploded...
  • Mechinagar area hit by Bird flu in Nepal declared emergency zone

    01/19/2009 8:23:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 291+ views
    TopNews ^ | 01/19/2009 | Piyush Diwan
    Nepal government is taking all the possible steps to save other regions of Nepal from falling prey to deadly bird flu. Mechinagar has been declared emergency region where birds were found affected with deadly H5N1 virus. Districts close to the affected areas, including Morang and Chitawan have been issued notices regarding risk of spread of bird flu. Prabhakar Pathak, chief of the department of livestock services in Kathmandu informed that about 13,000 poultry would be culled in five days to control the virus within a 3 km radius of the town, and the government would pay up to $5 for...