Sunday, December 21, 2008

"Chicken is murder"

Feathers are ruffled in Tisdale, Sask., where a man tossed a live chicken into a display of cooked fowl at a convenience store. "Chicken is murder," the stranger hollered before ducking out. The suspect jumped into a red pickup truck, possibly a Dodge, parked outside and drove away. But the bird-tossing didn't end there. A short time later, two live chickens were heaved through the back door of a gas station on the other side of Tisdale.
A small blue car was seen speeding away, but police have yet to pluck up any suspects.
RCMP say the chickens are ok.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mariposa Meats Chicken Breast Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall on pork chops and chicken breasts distributed around Ontario due to concerns the meat could be contaminated with listeria.

Old Style-brand Smoked Pork Loin Chops in 175-gram packages with a best-before date of Jan. 23 and 350-g packages of Old Style Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts with a best-before date of Jan. 16 are both subject to the recall.

The products, manufactured by Mariposa Meats of Mississauga, Ont., have not yet caused any illness

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chicken thieves 'fowl up' family's Christmas dinner

Police suspect 'fowl play' after one family was deprived of its Christmas dinner chickens and another lost prize birds.
Shouts were heard coming from a field in Lostwithiel as 27-year-old Caitlin Dean discovered to her horror that her family's rare breeding trio had been stolen from their allotment.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/homepagenews/Chicken-thieves-fowl-family-s-Christmas-dinner/article-551708-detail/article.html

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rogue chickens rule the roost in California village

San Juan Capistrano has its swallows. Rome has its starlings. Fair Oaks has chickens.
Few places so prize and protect their feral fowl as this quiet outpost amid the bustling suburbia of eastern Sacramento County.
The town's wild poultry — reputedly dating back three decades to the original free-range rooster and three hens — now number more than 200, according to one unofficial census.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/6162709.html

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Havin A Bath At K.F.C.

Three employees of a Calif Kentucky Fried Chicken, have been suspended for bathing in a deep sink used to clean dishes. The prank was discovered after one of the young women posted photos on a social networking site of the trio posing and cavorting in the steaming water in their underwear and swim wear.

The photos were filed in a gallery called "KFC moments." Captions included "haha KFC showers!" and "haha we turned on the jets."

A manager of the fast-food restaurant said the three were reprimanded and suspended Tuesday. She said no manager was on duty when the photos were taken as the three had closed the restaurant for the night.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Aviagen Turkeys in Hot Water

Several workers at a turkey plant in West Virginia have been fired after they were caught on video punching, kicking and beating birds.

Aviagen Turkeys said the employees, including a supervisor, were fired around Thanksgiving.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Turkey Tales and Tails

Did you know that a turkey is a type of pheasant? It is the only poultry native to our western hemisphere.

Male turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking sound, my wife says they sound like aliens.

The wrinkly fleshy part of a male turkey's beak is called a snood. The flap under the chin is a wattle

Our last 2 turkeys enjoy a day of freedom near the donkey field before Thanksgiving last year....

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christmas Turkey

Most likely the turkey you eat at Christmas will be a hen. Females are slaughtered at about 15 pounds. Males (Toms) are allowed to get to 40 pounds and are used to produce deli meat.

The two turkeys shown here were two that we raised and slaughtered for Thanskgiving and Christmas dinners. In a dazzling display of originality that is what we called them - Thanksgiving and Christmas.

They had the free run of our 100 acre farm which completely freaked out my wife.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Football fans eat fewer wings in slow economy

Gridiron fans are eating fewer wings at sports bars and watering holes and chicken company Sanderson Farms Inc has noticed.

"Normally wing prices firm after Labor Day as football starts and fans begin moving into bars and water holes to eat Buffalo wings and watch their favorite teams. That did not happen this fall," Joe Sanderson, chief executive of the No. 4 U.S. chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc, said Thursday.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Recall on Nestlé's "Lean Cuisine" chicken meals

The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to check their freezers for three varieties of Nestlé's "Lean Cuisine" frozen chicken meals that may contain foreign material. One injury has been associated.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 9.5-ounce packages of "LEAN CUISINE PESTO CHICKEN WITH BOW TIE PASTA" brand frozen meals. Printed on each side of each package is a production code of "8280595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best Before MAY 2010."

• 10.5-ounce packages of "LEAN CUISINE CHICKEN MEDITERRANEAN" brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of "8231595912" or "8241595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best before SEP 2010"; a production code of "8263595912," "8269595911" or "8274595912," as well as a use-by date of "Best before OCT 2010"; or, a production code of "8291595912" or "8301595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best before NOV 2010."

• 12.5-ounce packages of "LEAN CUISINE CHICKEN TUSCAN" brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of "8234595911" and a use-by date of "Best before SEP 2009"; a production code of "8253595911" or "8269595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best before OCT 2009"; or, a production code of "8292595911" or "8296595911" as well as a use-by date of "Best before NOV 2009."

Each package also bears the USDA mark of inspection as well as the establishment number "EST P-9018." The frozen chicken meals were produced between August 18 and October 27, 2008.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Top U.S. chicken producer seeks bankruptcy protection

Pilgrim's Pride, the largest chicken producer in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, saying it plans to continue operating while it reorganizes.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Creamy chicken, asparagus and tarragon pies

Makes 4

Ingredients
400g chicken thigh fillets, trimmed, cut into 2cm cubes
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2cm lengths
1/2 cup thickened cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
4 sheets filo pastry
olive oil cooking spray
Method
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Place chicken and flour in a large bowl. Toss to coat.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft. Remove from pan and set aside. Increase heat to high. Cook chicken for 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked through.
Return onion mixture to pan. Add wine, stock, mustard and asparagus. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Stir in cream and tarragon. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. Season with pepper. Spoon chicken mixture into four 1 1/4 cupcapacity ovenproof dishes.
Place 1 sheet of filo pastry on a flat surface. Spray with oil and top with another sheet of filo. Cut pastry in half crossways. Repeat with remaining filo and oil. Scrunch up each piece of filo and place on top of filling. Spray pies with oil and place on a baking tray.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until pastry is golden. Serve.


Recipe by Kim Coverdale

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Poultry Trucks and Harmful Bacteria

Poultry trucks apparently trail an airborne plume of potentially harmful bacteria, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

The results suggest that motorists and those who live along roads traveled by chicken trucks may be exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study urged further investigation and possibly the changing of transport methods in areas of intense poultry production.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Turkey prices push charities to chicken

The price of turkeys increased enough for Thanksgiving this year that some churches and charities that feed the needy for the holiday are busy adjusting their menus.

The American Farm Bureau reports that the price of an average turkey, about 16 pounds, is $19.09 this year, or about $1.19 per pound. That is a 9 cent per-pound increase, or a total of about $1.44 per turkey, from Thanksgiving in 2007.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Chicken registry ?????

Fayetteville Arkansas officials, are trying to peck out an ordinance to allow up to four hens per home while exploring what types of chicken registry is proper. Chicken Registry

Friday, November 14, 2008

Chicken Killer Free To Kill Again

A man in England who forced a chicken to drink whisky and blew cannabis smoke in its face before suffocating it, smashed another hen’s head repeatedly against a shed wall until its neck snapped was spared jail today.

The man was sentenced to an 18-month community order with supervision and ordered to pay £8 compensation to the hens’ owner.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Something out of a Hollywood horror flick

When residents of St. Marys, Ont., woke up Friday morning, their town looked like something out of a Hollywood horror flick.

The main street was literally covered in blood.

Chicken blood poured onto Queen Street around midnight when a tanker truck spilled its load from a Schneiders poultry plant.

Provincial police say the driver was charged with having an insecure load after a valve broke on the truck and sent blood gushing into the road.

The Ontario Environment Ministry and the town’s public works department were on the scene cleaning up the spill.

The odour was strong, but sand was spread on the blood to help the cleanup proceed smoothly.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Commercial Producers Play Chicken with Avian Flu

In the late 1980s thousands of chickens died from a cancer caused by a virus known as avian leukosis virus J because they were all descended from a few roosters susceptible to the disease.

This is just one example of how a lack of genetic diversity can imperil livestock and agriculture. Similar instances abound from the Irish potato famine of the 19th century to cattle raised for meat—one bull named Ivanhoe passed on his genetic susceptibility to an immune system disorder to roughly 15 percent of all the Holstein bulls in the U.S. today.
Read More

Friday, October 31, 2008

China melamine scandal prompts mass chicken cull

Chinese farmers, hurt by a spreading melamine scandal, slaughtered tens of thousands of chickens, state media said on Friday. The melamine scandal has spread to dairy products, sweets and chocolate, prompting recalls of Chinese-made food around the world.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pet-chicken claim is for the birds, judge rules

What is a chicken? The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal weighed in yesterday.

Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy upheld Trevor Smedley's conviction on a charge of violating land-use bylaws by housing chickens at his semi-rural home and backed the trial judge's finding that such birds are fowl, and as such are livestock, not pets.

"I find no fault with the trial judge finding that chickens are indeed fowl," Judge Kennedy said.

Read More

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Raising Their Own Food

The recent spike in oil and food prices coupled with the downturn in the economy has more people thinking about raising their own food. Having a few chickens is one of the best ways to produce your own food.

Chickens are extremely cost effective as you can by a baby chick for under $2.oo from a hatchery in the spring. Raise them all summer on table scraps and whatever they can find on their own outside. Then you kill them in the fall and you have meat for the winter.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

You Know You Need Chicken When

Police in Bethlehem USA said a 76-year-old woman complained to employees at the Giant supermarket on Tuesday that the hot food bar was out of fried chicken.

Maria Dendrinos, waited as employees set out fresh fried chicken for her, then took the chicken to a nearby aisle and allegedly transferred it to a plastic bag in her purse and left the store.

Police said the chicken was worth $5.08. She was cited for retail theft.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Make room on the chicken bandwagon!

There are a few folks in Taylor, Texas, just outside of Austin, that have not yet caught the chicken train yet.Read More

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Chicken legs may control high blood pressure.

Scientists in Japan have identified four proteins in chicken legs which appear to be effective in controlling high blood pressure. A paper published in the Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Food, said researchers had extracted collagen from chicken legs and then fed it to hypertensive rats. The rats which were fed collagen had distinctly lower blood pressure levels for up to eight hours afterwards.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Chinese pandas fed chicken soup

The Wuhan Zoo in central China has been feeding its two pandas home-cooked chicken soup twice in a month to reduce stress and give them a nutritional boost.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

DNA tests show chicken as major source of food poisoning

Farmed animals like cattle and chicken are the major sources of food poisoning caused by a type of bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni, according to results of new DNA tests which appear on September 26 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics.

C. jejuni is responsible for more cases of gastroenteritis in the developed countries than any other bacterial pathogen like E. coli, Salmonella, Clostridium, and Listeria combined, The University of Chicago Medical Center says in a press release.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Chicken Feet

According to World Poultry magazine, China imports 25,000 tons of chicken feet per month. Now I have to say that the thought of eating chicken feet is a little gross from my point of view. However one of my favorite dishes is squirrel pie so I guess I cant say much about chicken feet.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Michael Jackson thinks that peeling the skin off a chicken makes it organic

Former 'king of pop' Michael Jackson thinks that peeling the skin off a chicken makes it organic, if his close friend David Gest is to be believed. The television producer has revealed that the 'Thriller' star, a huge fan of fast food eatery KFC, thinks that fried chicken can be rid of all unnatural substances by removing its outer layer.

Monday, September 08, 2008

How do you tell when a chicken is happy

How can you tell when a chicken is happy? For that matter, what does happiness mean to a chicken? You can't interview a chicken or even read its facial expression to find out what it's thinking. Like Sherlock Holmes, you have to deduce facts from observation.

Read More AtProposition 2

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Chicken Project

The controversial Chicken Project will continue this fall as part of an ecology class for high school students at Canandaigua Academy in NY despite protests from animal-rights activists

The Chicken Project is a unit offered in the fall semester of Eric Cosman’s ecology class. Launched three years ago, it involves students raising chickens for 10 weeks, then killing and barbecuing them to learn about food production. 59 students are enrolled in the class.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cold Chicken War

In what might be the first economic blow of the new Cold War between Russia and the West. Russia has hit American poultry suppliers.

From September 1, Russia will reportedly ban poultry imports from 19 American producers, with the fate of another 29 plants hanging in the balance. The official reason for the ban is food health and safety concerns, after Russia claimed that tests found the chickens were stuffed with antibiotics and arsenic.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Quebec's Labour Day 'chicken massacre' cancelled

The Thetford Chicken Massacre, a controversial Quebec tradition in which participants place bets while decapitated chickens run around is coming to an end.Read More

Monday, August 18, 2008

Two jailed in Texas chicken fighting bust

Police in Texas made two arrests and issued 63 citations for illegal gambling following Saturday night’s raid of a chicken-fighting operation.

Police deputies found about 70 to 80 individuals at the illegal event, and about 150 animals. Some of the birds were injured or dead. The Dallas SPCA removed the animals from the scene and transported them to an undisclosed location

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Bird Found

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a new species of bird in Gabon, Africa, that was unknown to the scientific community. The newly found olive-backed forest robin was named by the scientists for its distinctive olive back and rump.Read More

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chicken poop cuts CO2 emissions

What do you do when you realise your neighbourhood polluting coal power plant is…er… a neighbourhood polluting coal power plant. If you’re a chicken farm north of Beijing, with three million odd chickens, then you convert it to use the 220 tonnes of waste chicken poop - of course.

Read more at Poo.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

400-Pound Bright Blue Rooster

Someone tried to steal a 5-foot, 400-pound bright blue rooster. The rooster was purchased two years ago from a yard ornament store that was going out of business.

The owner has kept the metal rooster perched on his property south of Kennewick for two years and says, "Rudy is a family pet. He doesn't go anywhere, but he's part of the family."

Sleater said he thinks that whoever was trying to steal Rudy got spooked after pushing the oversized rooster down a dirt embankment.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Scientist invents construction panel made from chicken feathers

A Filipino scientist has invented a termite-resistant construction panel made from chicken feathers.

Professor Menandro Acda said the composite panels of feathers and cement could replace wood-fibre boards, which are susceptible to attack from insects.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Small Cages Or Big?

The move to outlaw the keeping of hens in small wire cages in California, has farmers saying it could put them out of business.

A vote in November on whether to give more space to breeding pigs and calves raised for veal could also make California the first US state to ban the housing of egg-laying hens in small wire cages.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

53,000 pounds of chicken taken from food bank

The Food Bank of Delaware says thieves have stolen two trailers containing 53,000 pounds of chicken designated for needy families.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Your Heart Needs a Change

Small changes = big differences to your heart

EAT SMART - choose nutritous foods

REPLACE - harmful fats (saturated and trans fats) with healthier fats (unsaturated). Eggs have no trans fat and are low in saturated fat

ACHIEVE - and keep a healthy weight. Eggs contain only 70 calories!

AIM - for 30 to 60 minutes of excercise or physical activity every day

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What are the Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

1. Lower blood pressure

2. Reduce risk of blood clots and blocked blood vessels

3. Protect against abnormal heart rythms that can cause sudden death

4. Prevents hardening of the arteries

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Flaxseed Helps Hens

Omega-3 eggs are produced by hens fed a diet enriched by flaxseed. Flaxseed is one of the richest plant sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Omega-3 Eggs are a good choice for a healthy heart!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Needed!

Your body can't make Omega-3 Fatty Acids. You have to get them from the food you eat. Health Canada recommends Omega-3 Fatty Acids in your diet every day!

A serving of 2 Omega-3 Eggs provides 50%-70% of your daily Omega-3 Fatty Acids needed.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

10,000 Hens Suffocated

Authorities in Kosovo say 10,000 hens suffocated in a chicken farm following a power outage. Police say the birds were left airless when a night guard fell asleep and failed to turn on the backup generator when the power went out.

A half dozen eggs weekly is OK!

A recent study shows that healthy adults consume up to 6 eggs per week with NO increased risk of heart disease or stroke over a 20 year followup period.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Eggs & Cholesterol

Dieticians agree that eggs are a nutritous food and an important part of a healthy diet. Two eggs are considered a serving and Meat and Alternatives according to Canada's Food Guide.

Avoiding nutritious foods such as eggs can do more harm than good. Eggs contain FOURTEEN essential nutrients that your body needs for good health. This includes Vitamins A, D, E and B12.

Recent studies indicate that lack of Vitamin D may play a significant role in Juvenile Diabetes especially in Canada where lack of sun is a problem.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lizard found inside chicken egg

A man in Austraila found a lizard inside chicken egg, when he cracked an egg while preparing a meal. Dr Peter Beaumont was bewildered to see the gecko when he broke an egg while preparing his dinner.

Dr Beaumont is convinced that the lizard did not creep into the shell when he threw it off, as the reptile was trapped between the inner shell and the egg's membrane.

He thinks that the gecko could have crawled into the chicken to eat the embryo and got stuck accidentally. And later the egg was formed around it.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Test-Tube Chicken Challenge

Animal rights activists are offering scientists a $1 million reward if they can make commercially viable meat in a laboratory.

Leaders of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say lab-grown meat could satisfy appetites without harming animals.


The reward would go to the first scientist to produce enough test-tube chicken to be sold in 10 U.S. states by June 30, 2012, at a price competitive with prevailing chicken prices.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Man Gives 27,000 Kilos Of Free Chicken Legs

Thousands lined up outside a Toronto butcher shop to get their portion of 27,000 kilos of free chicken legs.

Joes Lima, 52, a father of two, won $14.5 million in a Lotto 6/49 jackpot last week

Cops were required to control the hundreds outside Nosso Talho Meat Shops, as manager Jose Lima, who's known as "Generous Joe" or "Joe the Butcher," handed out the free meat.

"Today I repay my promise to give something back to my customers," Lima said. "I have been a lucky man since the day I came to Canada."

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Price Of Eggs Up 23 Percent

The average price of eggs rose 23 percent in some parts of the U.S. The rise in price is the result of higher costs that farmers must pay for the grains make chicken feed.

Federal policies designed to encourage ethanol production have caused two separate shifts. Corn farmers have been selling more of their harvest to be processed into fuels, and that has driven up the cost of the part of the crop that goes into various animal feeds.

The lure of the ethanol market also has caused many farmers to replant what normally would be soybean acres into corn, Sumner said. The resulting drop in soybean acreage has boosted prices for that versatile crop, which is the other key constituent of henhouse cuisine.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

More Chicken Fighting

US authorities have reportedly raided a chicken fighting operation. About 300 chickens were seizes during the operation. The property’s owner was also arrested on animal cruelty charges.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Jamie Oliver effect

Estate agents in England report a rise in inquiries, particularly from young buyers, for properties where they can keep chickens. Many call the trend "the Jamie effect", believing it to be inspired by the chef Jamie Oliver's recent television investigation into how battery-farmed chickens are treated.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Canned Chicken

A New Zealand company has launched a new idea – canned chicken. The idea is that Canned Chicken is more safe to eat. They say it will reduce the risk of campylobacter-related food poisoning cases in the country.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Giving Up Steak For Chicken

At U.S. stores, a growing number of shoppers are giving up steak for cheaper chicken. Stung by the housing slump, tightening credit terms, and rising inflation, U.S. households are finding ways to cut back, putting a damper on the consumer spending.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Chicken Manure Mistaken For Gas Leak

What many thought was a natural gas leak kept police, emergency crews and gas company workers busy Friday morning in the town of Rockville. The police recieved calls from people all over town reporting the gas odor. The smell was so strong officials at a local school considered evacuating the school. After a few hours of checking, gas company workers determined the odor was not natural gas, but chicken manure. The manure had apparently been spread on a nearby field and the odor was wafting over the town.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Chicken Poo Catapult

A man in England is using a 30ft Roman catapult, loaded with chicken droppings to defend his his company, Grumpy Joe’s Flooring. In the early hours of February 2 arsonists started a fire that caused £2,000 worth of damage. On the same night, four cars outside his daughter’s house had their tyres slashed and windows smashed.

“My daughter lives 12 miles away,” he said. “It’s too much of a coincidence. We are pretty certain it was a rival company, but I can’t prove it.”

He says he did not build up his flooring business in order to let his rivals walk all over him.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hyperspectral Imaging

Hyperspectral imaging, involves technology used by NASA satellites to monitor temperature and climate changes. It is now also used to monitor frozen chickens.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tyson fires workers for chicken torture

Tyson Foods has fired several workers at chicken slaughterhouses in the wake of a federal investigation of animal cruelty charges, the company said this week.

Tyson also is stepping up management surveillance of areas where live chickens are handled and retraining workers. The Springdale, Ark.-based company disciplined other workers.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

School Chicken Prank

Police found 85 chickens roaming the hallways of a Northeast Philadelphia High School.

The school sent students home and they returned Tuesday morning after the city’s Health Department determined it was safe.

Surveillance footage shows four to five individuals in hooded jackets in the school prior to the practical joke.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Fried Chicken Kentucky's Official Picnic Food

Animals rights advocates are squawking at a measure that would make fried chicken Kentucky's official picnic food.

State Rep. Charles Siler is sponsoring legislation to honor the late Colonel Harland Sanders, the Kentuckian who founded the fried chicken chain that now has 11,000 restaurants in more than 80 countries.

However the animal rights group PETA claims that the chickens KFC serves are abused. PETA has been involved in a long-standing battle with KFC, and even began a push two years ago to have a bust of Colonel Sanders removed from the Kentucky Capitol. Sanders, with his white goatee and black string tie, became recognizable worldwide by marketing his fried chicken.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Study reveals broiler chicken health problems

Selective breeding processes may have increased the likelihood of inherited health issues among broiler chickens, a new study has argued.

University of Bristol experts have published a study in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, revealing that more than a quarter of birds raised using the intensive farming method have difficulty walking.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Explosion In A Chicken Shop

A massive explosion destroyed a chicken shop in Sydney and ignited a fire that left one man critically injured and hundreds homeless.

The cause of the explosion is still not known, but the Gas company is assisting police and Fire Brigades with their investigation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Chicken sandwich contamination Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada

A warning has been put out about chicken sandwiches that may be contaminated with listeria bacteria. Listeria can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea, and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women. Food contaminated with listeria may not look or smell spoiled.

The sandwiches were sold in Ontario, Quebec and possibly Atlantic Canada under the name "Martel" or "La Maisonnee" and include chicken salad. The sandwiches carry a best before date of Jan. 25 and Feb. 5, 2008.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Chicken Sales Up In England

The British Poultry Council, which represents poultry producers, says chicken sales have risen despite a TV campaign to get customers to purchase free-range poultry instead. The campaign was led by chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on his recent Hugh's Chicken Run shows for Channel 4. The campaign aimed to persuade shoppers that eating intensively reared chickens was bad.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Strange But True ?

A man in China was shocked after he took a chicken out of the freezer and found that it was still alive. Gan Shugen put the hen in the freezer wrapped in a plastic bag, assuming it was dead. But two days later he was amazed by what he saw. He said: "I heard weak sounds, and when I opened the bag, a red head popped out. It was still warm, and when I removed the tape, she could stand."

Friday, January 18, 2008

Tyson Foods to investigate claims of chicken abuse

Tyson Foods Inc is investigating allegations by the animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that chickens were abused and tortured at two of its chicken processing plants.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sales of chicken unaffected by Jamie Oliver

Sales of chicken appear to have been unaffected by Jamie Olivers programmes on intensive farming conditions, with major supermarkets saying chicken purchases have actually increased. TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Whittingstall are up in arms about the differences between standard and free range chickens. But supermarkets say it was business as usual.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Mass Produced Chickens

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is on a new crusade. Oliver and fellow high-profile British chef Hugh Whittingstall have got people in a flap about the conditions that mass-produced chickens are forced to live in.

Now I think it is safe to say that not many people would say that the way animals are mass-produced is very nice. However we must remember that not that long ago meat on the table was a luxury for many people. And that was not very nice either.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Chicken bones lead cops to jail bird

A trail of chicken bones left at a burglary scene led cops to a prison inmate with a hefty appetite. Police tracked down the suspect through the DNA he left on six chicken bones strewn around an apartment where that was burglarized in 2006.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Chicken Manure Energy

A chicken manure fuelled biogas plant was opened at a poultry farm south of Berlin on Friday. Ten million euros was invested in the project, which is expected to meet the energy requirements of 4 600 households when it becomes fully operational.