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Producers Seek to Use
'Cruelest' Method Amid
Bird Flu Outbreak
Nov 9, 2022 5:25 PM CST
Producers Seek to Use 'Cruelest' Method Amid Bird Flu Outbreak
Animal welfare advocates say ventilation shutdown is 'basically cooking animals alive'
- Poultry producers fighting the ongoing bird flu outbreak want the government to make it easier to kill flocks using a method animal advocates have described as the cruelest one available. The US Department of Agriculture is being lobbied to make Ventilation Shutdown Plus—closing off barn vents so birds die...
Long Before Chickens Were
Dinners, They Were Our Pals
Jun 11, 2022 2:50 PM CDT
Long Before Chickens Were Dinners, They Were Our Pals
These potential spiritual guides only became dinner about 2K years ago, research suggests
- Chickens and humans have only been mingling for about 3,500 years, not as long as 10,000 years as previously believed, and for a good chunk of that time our feathered friends were revered, not eaten. That's according to new archaeological research which sees chickens as "actually...
We've Had to Kill 9%
of Our Chickens
May 5, 2022 3:25 PM CDT
We've Had to Kill 9% of Our Chickens
Avian flu outbreak has decimated flocks of laying hens
- The avian flu outbreak has taken a huge toll on America's poultry flocks—mainly from culling, not disease—and consumers are feeling the pain with higher prices for eggs, chickens, and a lot of other products. "More than 28 million laying hens have been culled as a result...
Another Postal Service Issue:
Mail-Order Chicks, Dead
Aug 20, 2020 12:00 PM CDT
Another Postal Service Issue: Mail-Order Chicks, Dead
Thousands aren't surviving usual shipments to Maine farmers
- When Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies before Congress Friday and Monday, he'll surely get lots of questions about how new policies might affect mail-in voting. But he might also get questions about a new and grisly problem with mail-order chicks. The
Portland Press Herald
reports that thousands of chicks...
One of America's
Top Chicken Industry
Jun 4, 2020 4:05 AM CDT
One of America's Top Chicken Industry CEOs Indicted
Pilgrim's Pride CEO Jayson Penn indicted on price-fixing charges, along with 3 others
- One of America's top chicken industry CEOs could be caged for up to 10 years as part of a federal antitrust investigation. Pilgrim's Pride CEO Jayson Penn was indicted Wednesday along with former company vice president Roger Austin for alleged price-fixing, the
Wall Street Journal
reports. Mikell Fries,...
The Chickens Churned Out
Eggs. Then Came the Gas
Apr 22, 2020 11:00 AM CDT
The Chickens Churned Out Eggs. Then Came the Gas
Egg farmer Kerry Mergen says 61K chickens were euthanized due to drop in demand due to virus
- A Minnesota contract egg farmer says his livelihood has been erased along with 61,000 chickens owing to a drop in demand triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Kerry Mergen and his wife, Barb, produced 4,500 dozen eggs per day, which were turned into fluid egg and sent to food...
Leave My Chicken
Alone, Girl Tells
Apr 12, 2019 2:09 PM CDT
Leave My Chicken Alone, Girl Tells
Show joked about unusual pet's custom wheelchair
- A Vermont girl isn't happy that her disabled pet chicken was joked about on
Saturday Night Live
. The chicken, named Granite Heart, is learning to walk with a custom wheelchair, per the AP . On a recent
episode, the television show's "Weekend Update" co-host said she should...
Aim to End a Brutal Practice
Dec 27, 2018 10:55 AM CST
First-of-Their-Kind Eggs Aim to End a Brutal Practice
Researchers want to stop culling of male chicks
- Shoppers in Germany are the first in the world to have a chance to buy what the
calls "no-kill" eggs. The eggs result from a new process that aims to eliminate the culling of male chicks—an industrywide practice in which billions of chicks are gassed or sent...
Making Chickens Happy
Dec 20, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Scientists' Quest: Making Chickens Happy
Study in Canada may result in better living conditions, even if only briefly
- How do you measure a chicken's happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening? To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical...
CDC: Go Ahead, Dress Your
Chickens for Halloween
Oct 28, 2018 9:10 AM CDT
CDC: Go Ahead, Dress Your Chickens for Halloween
This is an actual government press release
- If you want to dress your chicken up for Halloween, the CDC wants you to know that it's just fine with you letting your avian freak flag fly, reports KUTV . In an actual news release meant to soothe those whose Halloween plans were thrown into emotional upheaval, the government...
5.5K Pigs in NC,
Sep 19, 2018 9:04 AM CDT
Florence Killed 5.5K Pigs in NC, Spewed Manure
3.4M chickens and turkeys also perished
- Hurricane Florence unleashed torrential rain, dangerous wind gusts, and now a new environmental hazard in North Carolina: the overflowing of its hog manure lagoons—and it's "nasty," per the
New York Times
. Many of North Carolina's nearly 10 million pigs are located on large-scale farms...
America Now Buys Thousands
of Chicken Diapers Each Month
in case you missed it
Aug 11, 2018 3:01 PM CDT
America Now Buys Thousands of Chicken Diapers Each Month
This is really our world
- It's touted as "Levi Strauss meets Calvin Klein," and this fine piece of fashion can be yours for just $37.99. Except it won't be for you. The item in question is a chicken diaper made by FeatherWear , and if you've never heard of chicken...
KFC Suffers Mass Closures
Over Lack of Chicken
Feb 19, 2018 10:30 AM CST
KFC Suffers Mass Closures Over Lack of Chicken
Some 600 of its 900 UK locations were closed Monday
- The chicken has crossed the road, "just not to our restaurants," explains KFC UK in a tweet addressing its weird problem: no chicken.
reports about 900 of the chain's roughly 21,500 locations are in the UK, and only 300 of them were open Monday...
to White House
Aug 10, 2017 12:11 AM CDT
Trump Chicken Appears Next to White House
'Seriously?' asks Fox anchor
- A giant inflatable chicken with President Trump's hairstyle appeared next to the White House Wednesday afternoon, causing squawks of dismay or clucks of approval, depending on political affiliation. The balloon is owned by documentary filmmaker Taran Singh Brar, who says he wanted to make a point about Trump being...
Aug 2, 2017 7:00 AM CDT
Woman's Profane Rooster Rant Goes Viral
The 'inconsiderate jerk' crows at 5:30am without fail
- Roosters aren't for everyone. The much-maligned male chicken is banned in cities across the US, and now one woman in a small town in Michigan is so fed up with hers that she posted an expletive-ridden rooster rant on Facebook last week. Largely hailed as hilarious, her post has...
A 'Second-Long Sleep,'
of Loose Chickens
Jul 5, 2017 12:21 AM CDT
A 'Second-Long Sleep,' Then Thousands of Loose Chickens
It happened on an Austrian highway
- Some 7,000 chickens on their way to be slaughtered had an unexpected shot at freedom Tuesday when the truck transporting them crashed into a bridge in Austria, spilling its load on the highway. Traffic on the A1 autobahn into Vienna was snarled for hours as authorities cleared the scene...
Backyard Chickens Are
Getting People Sick Again
Jun 6, 2017 7:33 AM CDT
Backyard Chickens Are Getting People Sick Again
CDC reports nearly 400 salmonella cases across the US
- The CDC is investigating eight separate multi-state outbreaks of salmonella that have sickened nearly 400 people across the country. The cause, however, isn't an unsanitary factory. Instead, blame backyard chickens, or at least owners who underestimate the risk of getting too close, reports the
. The growing popularity...
Man Posts Video
of Huge Chicken,
Internet Eats It Up
Mar 21, 2017 1:05 PM CDT
Man Posts Video of Huge Chicken, Internet Eats It Up
Experts say it's the real deal
- Somewhere in Eastern Europe, a chicken of unusual size is ruffling feathers. Named Merakli, the behemoth was filmed by a guy named Fitim Sejfijaj, who posted the footage to the Facebook page of a Kosovo-based "decorative poultry" group. As the bird steps out of a chicken coop that can...
About Size of
Jan 13, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Experts Warn Chicken Farmers About Size of Poop Piles
8 feet is apparently too much
- How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure? Eight feet, apparently. Chicken waste is an excellent fertilizer, but with the growing season still weeks away it's piling up in barns across the South. To reduce the risk of fire from spontaneous combustion, poultry experts are warning...
What Activists Found While
Filming Cage-Free Hens
Oct 21, 2016 1:00 AM CDT
What Activists Found While Filming Cage-Free Hens
Advocacy group says video shows birds that lay eggs for Costco in 'horrible' conditions
- At first glance, the lives of cage-free hens appear to be a much-needed improvement over those of hens kept boxed up in traditional wire "battery cages." But thanks to a newly released video by an all-volunteer activist group, animal advocates are now wondering how much better off the...
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