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.