Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Afghanistan Chicken Farm

Members of the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team visited a local chicken farm owner in Khinj district, Panjshayr province Afghanistan recently.

Shanawaz Khan is a Go Joeal villager who started his chicken farm about 16 months ago with 30 chickens. Khan now has more than 800 laying hens and he looks to continue the growth of his business in the future.

“I’d like to have 8,000 chickens to produce enough eggs for all of Panjshayr and one day, all of Afghanistan,” Khan said through an interpreter.



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Friday, December 17, 2010

China's ban on Manitoba poultry

China issued an announcement Thursday saying it had banned poultry and poultry imports from Manitoba after an outbreak of bird flu on a turkey farm here was reported last month. But chickens raised for meat are sold to supply the domestic market almost exclusively, the Manitoba Chicken Producers said Thursday. So I guess its a non issue.

Monday, December 06, 2010

FSA issues food poisoning warning over chicken livers

Caterers are being warned to cook chicken liver thoroughly after an increased number of campylobacter food poisoning outbreaks in the last year.

Data provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed that 11 of the 15 outbreaks recorded this year at catering premises were linked to consuming poultry liver parfait or pâté.



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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chicken Abuse ???

Humane Society of the United States on Wednesday took aim at the largest producer of fresh eggs in the country, releasing images and a report it said documents federal safety violations and inhumane treatment of chickens.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40236758/ns/us_news-environment/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Truck crash scatters chickens

Dozens of chickens were scattered across a Highway in Quebec overnight when a large truck went off the road. The crash happened near St. Mathieu de Beloeil when the truck driver veered off the highway and into a ditch, turning the truck on its side. The truck was carrying crates of live chickens which were thrown across the highway and the side of the road.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Diesel from chicken fat

Tyson Foods Inc. and fuel developer Syntroleum Corp. will announce Monday that they have successfully opened a plant that makes diesel from chicken fat and leftover food grease in Geismar, La., south of Baton Rouge.

Friday, October 29, 2010

KFC sells 350,000 Double Downs in Canada

KFC Canada sold 350,000 Double Downs in just 14 days. That's roughly one Double Down for every hundred Canadians. KFC Canada was reluctant to sell the sandwich at first, but after KFC sold 10 million Double Downs in the United States in its first month this spring KFC Canada was convinced to bring the Double Downs north of the border. I wonder how many chickens it takes to make 350,000 Double Downs.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stress Free Death

Two premium chicken producers, Bell & Evans in Pennsylvania and Mary’s Chickens in California, are preparing to switch to a system of killing their birds that they consider more humane. The new system uses carbon dioxide gas to gently render the birds unconscious before they are hung by their feet to have their throats slit, sparing them the potential suffering associated with conventional slaughter methods.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chickens help in battling Alzheimer’s: Part 2

Chickens help in battling Alzheimer’s

This is the final in a two-part series on Russell and LouNell Boyd, and how a large collection of animals – especially their chickens – are used for healing.

LouNell Boyd has chickens – a variety of chickens. To LouNell, it’s more than just a love of feathered friends.

It’s a recommended method of healing, staying active and maintaining a healthy emotional outlook.

“Life has many ups and downs, but how we react to adversity influences not only our own psychological health, but also the quality of life of those who live with Alzheimer’s,” said Russell, LouNell’s husband. “Yes, LouNell has Alzheimer’s, and she is accepting it and living with it, knowing that may one day it may take away a lot of the life she has known.”

Friday, October 15, 2010

Boyd menagerie source of joy, wonder: Part 1

Boyd menagerie source of joy, wonder

This is the first in a two-part series on a local couple with a large collection of animals and an unusual array of yard ornaments, and how they use them for health and healing.

"Russell and LouNell Boyd have an interesting life just outside of Tahlequah, and it’s a good thing: Both of them are storytellers." Continue reading...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bears Attack Man Who Smells Like Fried Chicken

The Michigan State Department of Natural Resources and Environment said a 21-year-old deer hunter was attacked by a bear and three cubs over the weekend because he smelled like fried chicken and baked pork.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bike Thieves Wore Chicken and Gorilla Suits

A teenager in, Long Island New York was attacked by three men (or women) who were wearing full-body costumes. Two were gorillas, and one was a giant chicken. Rather than perform some kind of entertaining mascot-type stunt, the three people in the costumes punched the kid in the head and then stole his bicycle. Only In New York.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

US to appeal China's new tariffs

The group that represents the nation's chicken exporters says U.S. producers did not sell their products at unfairly low prices in China and plans to appeal new tariffs imposed by China.

The Chinese government says that its investigation found that U.S. chicken products are being sold at low prices which undermine the local market. New import duties ranging from 50.3 percent to as much as 105.4 percent will take effect Monday and last for five years.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Woman finds chicken head in take-out wings order

A woman in Toronto found a chicken head in take-out wings order. The woman allegedly found a deep-fried chicken head in her order of take-out wings from the Wild Goose Bar & Grill in Etobicoke, according to a report in the Toronto Sun. Toronto Public Health officials say as long as the head was properly cooked, there's nothing illegal about selling chicken heads in Ontario.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

China imposes duties on US chicken

China has imposed anti-subsidy duties for five years on imports of chicken from the US. Importers must pay tariff rates ranging from 4 percent to 30.3 percent on U.S. broiler or chicken products, starting Aug. 30, the ministry announced. The ministry said producers benefited from government subsidies that lowered feed prices and hurt Chinese competitors.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Huge Egg Recall - Salmonella Poisoning

Write County Eggs has recalled millions of eggs. Salmonella on the shells has sickened many individuals.

Egg brands affected by the recall include: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemp

Infected eggs are in cartons with dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946.

Do not eat these eggs if you have any. Return them to the store for a full refund.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 09, 2010

Cheltenham chicken lays giant egg

A chicken belonging to a Gloucestershire man has laid an egg double the normal size.

Jeremy Power, from Cheltenham, said his hen Rainbow produced the egg on Saturday.

"Sadly it's not a world record, ours comes in at about 130g (4.6oz) whereas there are eggs on record of 160g (5.6oz), " he said.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Perdue Farms recalls 90,000 pounds of chicken nuggets

Perdue Farms is recalling 91,872 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets because some of the products may contain pieces of plastic, the company said Tuesday.

The recalled products - 50,688 packages in total - have a "best if used by date" of June 9, 2011. On the back of the packages appears the numbers 89008A, 0160 and P-33944.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Free range chicken eggs contain more dioxin

Eggs from free range chickens contain nearly six times more of the toxic chemical dioxin than eggs hatched by caged hens, a Taiwanese study has found.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

McCruelty

PETA isn't chickening out on its push to put "McCruelty," a 250-pound, bloody and bandaged chicken sculpture, on the 16th Street Mall -- and today could be decision day for the City of Denver.

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Foul Reflection Of South African Crime Wave

Even a plucky chicken which has for months avoided becoming road kill on a Johannesburg intersection, can't escape the crime-ridden city's crooks.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ban on chicken costume voters in Nevada polling spots

Voters wearing chicken costumes will be barred from polling stations in Nevada, election officers have decided.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chicken myth #4 - It is expensive to start raising your own chickens

Chicken myth #4 - It is expensive to start raising your own chickens.

Well expensive is a relative term. Whats may seem expensive for some people may not seem expensive for others. And it depends on where you live and how many chickens you want. But in general it is not expensive and if you use a little ingenuity you can start with out spending much at all. Just remember that all chickens need is shelter from the elements, predators, and a little food and water. They do not need a fancy house and expensive water and food dispensers. So keep it simple.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Campylobacter Infections

In almost all developed countries the incidence of human campylobacter infections has been steadily increasing for several years. Undercooked meat, in particular poultry, is often associated with illness, as is unpasteurised milk and untreated water. So make shure you keep your chickens clean and healthy. And cook them well when you eat them.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Chicken Myth #3 ~ It is cheaper to buy eggs in the store than raise your own.

Chicken Myth #3 ~ It is cheaper to buy eggs in the store than raise your own.

Wrong. Having a few hens for eggs can save you a little bit of money. However it is true that for the average family it will not save you a great deal of money. If the only reason you are thinking about getting a few chickens is to save money on eggs then it is probably not worth it. However their are lots of other great reasons for raising chickens.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Chicken Myth #2 ~ Chickens Smell.

Chicken Myth #2 ~ Chickens Smell.

Wrong. Chickens don't smell, chicken poop smells. So if you keep your chicken pen clean....NO SMELL.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Chicken Myth #1 ~ Chickens are hard to look after

Chicken Myth #1 ~ Chickens are hard to look after.

Wrong. Chickens are quite easy to look after. However like all things in life some work is required. For a small back yard flock of 10 or 20 birds you should expect to spend about 15min a day looking after them.

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Chicken Ranks First

San Diego's Chicken ranks first in Forbes magazine's survey of 10 most-liked sports mascots.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Chicken Causes Baldness ????

If you don't want to end up bald or gay, don't eat chicken, says Bolivian President Evo Morales. Speaking at an environmental conference this week in Cochabamba, Bolivia, (officially titled the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth) Morales told attendees in an inaugural address that chicken producers inject female hormones into the fowl, "and because of that, men who consume them have problems being men."


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Friday, April 16, 2010

New device detects chicken spoilage

A new instrument can quickly and precisely sniff minute amounts of poultry spoilage.
The new technique, developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology research chemists Tom Bruno and Tara Lovestead, can sniff out trace amounts of low-volatility compounds present early in the decay process.
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

RIP, Connie the chicken.

A chicken has met with a death most foul in the Philadelphia suburbs.Lauren Steltzer said her pet chicken, Connie, was killed with a bow and arrow shortly after escaping on March 29.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

It Is Spring.......Time To Order Some Chicks

Well it is that Time of year again. Time to think about ordering some chicks from the hatchery. I don't know about you but it is my favorite time of year.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

EU food safety agency says most raw chicken in Europe has bugs

The European Union's food safety agency says most chicken sold in Europe is infected with bacteria that can cause food poisoning if the meat is not cooked thoroughly.

In a report Wednesday, scientists said 76 per cent of chicken they tested at slaughterhouses in 2008 was infected with campylobacter and another 16 per cent had salmonella.

The agency says infection rates vary widely across Europe. All chickens it tested in Luxembourg showing positive for campylobacter. Only 4 per cent of Finnish chickens had the bacteria.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Man In Chicken Suit Shot With Pellet Gun

Police in Kansas are investigating a drive-by shooting with a bit of a twist.
They say a man sporting a chicken suit to advertise for a burger joint became the target of a drive-by shooting, shot in the thigh Friday afternoon with a pellet gun.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Aussie cat that thinks he's a chicken!

An Australian moggy that seems to think himself a chicken, took over the job of incubating eggs after they were abandoned by hens.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Can Chickens See Better Than People

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have peered deep into the eye of the chicken and found a masterpiece of biological design.

Scientists mapped five types of light receptors in the chicken's eye. They discovered the receptors were laid out in interwoven mosaics that maximized the chicken's ability to see many colors in any given part of the retina, the light-sensing structure at the back of the eye.

"Based on this analysis, birds have clearly one-upped us in several ways in terms of color vision," says Joseph C. Corbo, M.D., Ph.D., senior author and assistant professor of pathology and immunology and of genetics. "Color receptor organization in the chicken retina greatly exceeds that seen in most other retinas and certainly that in most mammalian retinas."

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Squirrel Sets Fire To Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant

Fire crews think a squirrel started a fire that gutted a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in England. A family of squirrels had been living in the roof space of the building and one of the rodents may have sparked the blaze by snacking on an electric cable.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

China to Tax U.S. Chicken

China is getting increasingly bold in its response to an ongoing trade dispute with the U.S., Chinese authorities Friday slapped preliminary import duties of as much as 105.4% on U.S. chicken products.

The Ministry of Commerce which announced the decision said U.S dumping is hurting China's domestic poultry industry. Once the new directive takes effect Feb. 13, U.S. exporters, including Pilgrim's Pride Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc., will be required to deposit the duty with Chinese customs, pending a final decision on the matter.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Colourful dinosaur was like a chicken

Scientists have mapped out the full colour pattern for a feathered dinosaur for the first time. They found that the species in question looked something like a Spangled Hamburg chicken.

By analysing fossilised pigments, called melanosomes, the team were able to assign colours to individual feathers of Anchiornis huxleyi, a four-winged carnivore dinosaur that lived during the late Jurassic period in China.


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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Lucky Caught At Last

Lucky the chicken has been caught at last. Lucky, a black chicken who spent two months dodging cars, coyotes and captors at a busy Glendale CA intersection is all cooped up.


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Friday, January 29, 2010

Chicken Love

A video posted online that shows a man on a New York City subway snuggling and kissing a chicken has viewers giggling and the city transit agency launching an investigation.However I dont see anything wrong with it. Chickens need love too :)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

E. coli in retail chicken eyed for link to infections

Research from McGill University suggests there may be a link between a strain of E. coli in undercooked chicken and a risk of urinary tract infections in younger women who consume it.

McGill researcher Amee Manges, studying samples taken in the Montreal area between 2005 and 2007, in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the University of Guelph, said her results show "strong new evidence" that E. coli from chicken sold at supermarkets, restaurants and elsewhere can cause common urinary tract infections.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Russian American Chicken Fight

Russia, which spent $800 million on U.S. poultry in 2008, has banned imports from its largest supplier on concerns related to the use of chlorine in treating the meat -- a practice routinely used in the United States to kill bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Russia May Ban US Poultry

"If some foreign producers do not or cannot comply with our safety requests, we will work with other suppliers. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting on poultry production and development of Russia's poultry market.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Chicken Crash

A 45-year-old trucker from Los Angeles says he choked while eating chicken and passed out, allowing his southbound tractor-trailer rig to crash.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Chicken Crack Down

The county of Sacramento will be cracking down on urban chicken owners starting next week. The county is telling owners to eat or get rid of their chickens by Monday, Jan. 18 or county code enforcement will start investigating and fining them. Crack Down

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Chicken Rage Is Becoming a Problem

I am told an Ohio woman who flew into a rage and broke a window after she was told a McDonald's was out of chicken McNuggets has been charged with felony vandalism. I can totally understand this. When you gotta have chicken. YOU GOTTA HAVE CHICKEN.