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Friday, May 15, 2009
Some things folks interested in raising chickens ought to know
Stewart David, Asheville • May 15, 2009
Now that regulations for keeping chickens in Asheville have eased, I'd like to offer some information to those intent on
Half of the birds born at commercial hatcheries (males) are unable to lay eggs. They also aren't useful for meat production since they don't yield the quantity of flesh of the “broilers” genetically manipulated to grow to optimum slaughter weight in six weeks.
So these “byproducts” are killed the day they are born. Common methods include being ground up alive and suffocation in plastic bags.
Almost all egg producers “dispose” of their flocks annually. This practice isn't limited to , where hens spend their entire lives crammed into feces-encrusted cages, unable to spread a wing. Local “free range” farms do the same.
That's because, although hens lay for many years, production diminishes slightly when they become a year old. Businesses are about maximizing profits, so cost/benefit ratios mandate replacement. “Spent” birds can be purchased inexpensively from local farms, and doing so rather than buying from a hatchery would be a compassionate, life-saving decision.
I hope people acquiring these intelligent, interesting beings come to see them in a new light. To learn more, visit http://www.goveg.com/factoryFarming_chickens.asp.
Stewart David, Asheville
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"We live in poverty, without any basic facilities and no one coming to enquire about our problems. All of a sudden all the television crew, media persons and doctors wearing surgical masks are roaming our dirt roads to collect more statistics. Our chickens were our only source of income and now they have destroyed even that. Is this what is called governance?"
Check it out here.
Article on getting started with Urban Chickens (there is some good information on how you can get started and what mindset you should be in now that chickens might be a possibility for you).