Chicken Embryo Development

Watch this amazing video of the development of a chicken embyro.

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I.D. Leg Bands for Chickens

Silkie in Leg Band
This 4 month old Silkie is wearing a Size 9

Here’s a simple how-to video on how to put on leg bands. This is the best way to identify your birds or keep track of multiple flocks.  My birds all look identical, each leg band has a highly visible number making it easy to know which hen is which.  They come in various sizes and colors so it’s not at all hard finding your specific preference.

Many chicken keepers use brightly colored zip ties, I did too for awhile, but they are hard to get on and off and they get brittle with age.

I got mine HERE or you can get them at Murray McMurray

It’s a Wonderful Life Indeed

I posted this precious video once before, but this is something you just can’t see too many times, so one more time folks… enjoy.

Clipping the Flight Feathers on a Chicken

This helpful video shows you exactly where to clip and which ones are the flight feathers.
I’ve also included a labeled diagram of the wing to help you better understand which feathers are which.

Feathers of the Dorsal Wing of a Chicken

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Battery Chickens Rescued, Their Life Before and After

Their Story on Video

I’m not one to post about animal abuse, nor am I particularly interested in reading about it on others. I’m not an activist, or a vegan, and I do not support the extremists of the Peta Organization.  But,  I do believe all living things deserve to be comfortable and treated with kindness.  I keep a variety of livestock animals on my little farm, call my companion animals pets, and do right by all of them the best I can.

Three days ago I was researching on what happens to the battery hens when they are no longer useful as layers. Where do they go? After a chicken’s first 1 1/2 years of life her egg production is reduced. Does this mean her life is nothing more than a year or so in a cage before she is slaughtered?  Yes. This is indeed disturbing, but this is also where your dog and cat’s food is coming from.  Do I like to think about this? Of course not. But it’s the reality of the food chain,  and one way or another, the meat on our barbeque and in our pet’s dishes has to come from somewhere.

Although disturbing to think about where and how food finds its way to our kitchen table, it doesn’t concern me near as much as the process of production.  Again, all living things deserve to be comfortable and treated with kindness.

I watched a video three days ago on battery chickens and decided NOT to post it, even though it had a happy ending. But I haven’t been able to forget what I saw, and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to post it. Three days ago I missed the message in that video,  the one asking for help from somebody to spread awareness… that somebody was me. Watch video at bottom of post.

I did a little research, and I must say, it was an eye opener indeed. This is what I found:

The barren battery cage was banned in the EU on 01 January 2012. These cages typically held 4 to 5 hens but in other countries around the world they are still legal and some may house as many as 6 to 8 birds. The space allowance per bird in the barren battery cage holding 4 to 5 hens is less than an A4 sheet of paper, and the height is only just enough to allow the hen to stand upright. In countries where there may be 8 birds, such as the US, the space allowance per hen is sometimes only half as much.

I don’t know what to do about the unfair treatment of chickens, for now the first step is merely to share what I have learned.  Maybe through awareness we can all somehow make a difference.  Below is the story of a few chickens that were rescued from a battery farm… and their happy ever after.

Who are the people running these battery farms, and how on earth do they live with themselves?

The Video