Chicken Facts

WARNING:

This may make you think twice before you eat another chicken.

* Chickens have pain receptors, enabling them to feel pain and distress. Just imagine their agony, then, when they endure mutilations such as having the ends of their sensitive beaks cut off with an infra-red laser – with no painkillers.

* Chickens love to play and will run, jump and sunbathe when given the chance – yet billions of them spend their entire lives in cramped sheds with less floor space than an A4 piece of paper.

* Chickens dream just like we do. They experience REM (rapid eye movement) during sleep, indicating that their minds may be wandering far from the four walls of the factory farms where they are imprisoned.

* Research suggests that chickens are cleverer than toddlers. Hens have exhibited mathematical reasoning, self-control and even structural engineering.

* They can navigate using the sun, which helps them find food and water and even know what time it is. Many chickens raised for meat or eggs, however, will never even see the sun from their dark, windowless sheds.

* Wild chickens survive for five to 11 years in their natural environment. Chickens raised for meat are often slaughtered when they’re just 41 days old – for “free-range” birds, this period increases to just 56 days old. Male chicks born into the egg industry are routinely killed as soon as they’re born.

Sadly, these intelligent, sensitive birds are subject to horrific conditions before they are slaughtered for food here in the UK. In one abattoir alone, up to 12,000 birds can be killed per hour, and that doesn’t even account for all the hens suffering in the egg industry.

These facts come from this website:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.peta.org.uk/blog/21-surprising-facts-about-chickens/amp/

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Escape! Aaaaahhh!

We have just made a trip to someone’s house because Snowy escaped out of our house and around the corner. The person who found her had dogs so she couldn’t bring her in. This meant that someone else had to take Snowy from her as we didn’t realize that she had escaped.

Soon after that, we found out and went to collect her. She was fine luckily and the lady, who was very kind, said that she was very big and heathy so we were very pleased.

How many people reading my blog eat chicken or meat?

I think animals may sometimes be ‘clumsy’ and you may think they don’t have emotions, but I think we shouldn’t kill them because of it. It’s kind of like having a child and then bringing it up and because the child doesn’t do something ‘correct’ so you kill it. You wouldn’t do that.

People that work in places that kill animals may say ”but I will lose my job!” Well why don’t you change and make vegetarian food?

Here are some reasons why you should try going vegetarian:

  • It’s healthy
  • It’s saves many animals lives
  • You will probably have to try a new food
  • It will have an positive impact on our environment
  • It’s worth a try

If this really hasn’t convinced you to go vegetarian why don’t you just try it for a month? Perhaps a week? Whatever the weather it’s worth a try!

I mean – what’s the worst that’s going to happen?

🎉!Happy 🆕 year!🎆

Hi guys, hope you are all well. If you have chickens I hope they’re well too. If you or and the chicken(s) are unwell I hope you/them/both/all/they get better soon.

Midnight

Recently we have put down a fence so the chickens don’t ruin the gardens with dust baths! Although you’d have thought it would have worked because it’s high, Midnight has managed to find a way to get over it:

  1. Find a pot/stone high enough to jump onto.
  2. Jump onto it
  3. Fly over the fence

Although this is a clever idea sometimes she can’t get back as there are no pots close enough! We’ve found a couple of times she has managed to get back in but sometimes she hasn’t! Oh dear!

Snowy

Also quite recently I noticed that Snowy has plucked out feathers from here sides and her bottom!! We aren’t quite sure why she’s doing this but if you think you do please comment.

Bluebell

Bluebell had also found a way over the fence but this way was slightly better (for her not us!)!

Her method was:

  1. Find something high and stable to stand on
  2. Fly and land on the fence
  3. Let the fence collapse with her weight and then run off on the other direction
  4. Then run back when she was done!

You can see why it better for her and not for us but luckily she doesn’t do it any more.

If you have got any funny things your chickens do then be sure to tell me and I’ll try and give your chickens a shout out!!

Sad news ;-( and happy news :-D and a funny fact ;-)!

Hi everyone! Sorry I have not posted for a while.

Sadly Stripey (the barred rock) died 😦 . We were all very sad and will miss her very much.

Happily though we have bought a new hen called Midnight. Midnight is a black rock and is very pretty. We think she is bottom of the pecking order ( the order of their strength) with Bluebell at the top and snowy in the middle.

A funny fact is that we had our first egg today last year – Monday the 18th September 2016.