Free The Chickens, It's Poultry Day!
Chickens Deserve Freedom To Roam And Be, Just Like Us
There was a time when eating a roast chicken was considered a treat, but now you can buy a bird ready for roasting cheaper than a proper loaf of wholemeal bread.
How is this achieved? By crowding chickens into cages in unspeakable conditions. Battery farmed chickens lead short, miserable lives and never see the light of day. All so we can have cheap poultry and a constant supply of cheap eggs. Can this be right or necessary?
If giving farmed poultry a decent life means that we need to eat less chicken and eggs, so be it; it certainly won't bring the world to an end. It would just mean that Western eating habits need to become a little more realistic.
This page isn't a horror show of grim images and terrible detail. This page is all about the beauty of chickens, with a little pondering as to how we got where we are to day in the way that we treat them.
I hope you stay to just consider the issue for a few moments. And if anything here makes a diffence to someones buying habits, then I will feel that I have achieved one good thing for the day.
These Are Free Range Chickens Foraging In A Field
photo by twicepix/
A society must be judged by how it treats the helpless, the vulnerable and the least considered . How we treat many of the animals that we choose to breed for food and produce is cruel beyond description, and a dark stain on human kind.
Chickens naturally forage for their food in wood and grass lands, and if we wish to eat their eggs or their bodies, then the least we can do is allow them a good life in the process. If that means we eat less eggs and less chicken meat then that is how it must be.
By Baird, William Baptiste, 1847-1917 (artist); L. Prang & Co. (publisher) (Flickr: Hen with Four Chickens) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
So Why Are Chickens So Abused By Our Society?
Seemingly designed by nature to provide spare eggs to the world, how is it that such a wonderful creature as the chicken has been so misused and underestimated?
The answer lies in the question. The fact that hens lay their eggs so freely has appealed to the mindless greed of big business. Eggs are a product that can be obtained for very little effort, from creatures with no power to strike or complain, and, until recently, with few advocates.
The chicken's generous fertility has been it's doom for the past 60 years. Victims of an obscene breeding and caging system, it has been convenient for the world to not see the sentience and beauty that inhabits each bird .
The Chicken And The Egg
This overt expelling of eggs by chickens doesn't mean that chickens have less maternal instincts than any other species; most females of any species, including human, shed eggs on a regular basis, but in a less obvious way, and equally don't care for each egg that passes.
Hens are attentive mothers; leading their chicks to food and protecting them from harm. Once a hen decides to hatch a batch of eggs, she will find a secret place to nest and care for them.
When she is moved by maternal instinct to procreate, and even if her eggs haven't been fertilised by a rooster, she will dilligently sit hopefully, and obviously mourn if her eggs do not hatch.
Like All Babies, Chicken Babies Are Indescribably Sweet
Chickens Come In A Wonderful Array Of Shapes, Colours And Sizes
Did you know that chickens could look like this?
By GaylaLin (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Chickens although heavy and somewhat clumsy have flight ability. Their natural instinct when not foraging is to roost up high out of the way of predators, so you don't need to clip their wings if your chickens have access to a barn or high perch. The odd casualty may occur if a chicken gets careless, but on the whole, they manage to keep themselves safe quite efficiently in my experience.
Chickens Naturally Fly - Here's a chicken roosting in the roof of a barn
photo by N07
March 19th Is Poultry Day - How to celebrate poultry day?
How indeed...perhaps not by eating battery chicken or eggs for a start. Dressing up as chickens, maybe not. Sending a donation to a chicken welfare society might be a good idea...
photo by commons.wikimedia.org/
- The British Hen Welfare Trust
The British Hen Welfare Trust (formerly the Battery Hen Welfare Trust) is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg ind
Support Free Range Egg Producers
As hens freely drop their eggs and forget about them most of the time unless they are feeling broody, I've never felt bad about eating free range eggs.
A good way to support Poultry Day is to support the free range egg producers who are under immense pressure in the price wars in supermarkets.
Battery produced eggs are so cheap that people are easily tempted, and it is an effective political act to support humane farming by purchasing free range eggs.
photo by softest thing