Organic Gardening is really pissing me off and do you want to know why? Because they promote animal exploitation without revealing the darky seedy side to “Chicken Ownership”.
First and foremost, when you “order” baby chicks, they are shipped through the mail like a fucking book from Amazon without food or water. These chicks often come from the same exploited hens who live out their miserable lives in Factory Farms. Also, the companies who sell baby chicks ship “extra chicks” in your package in the event some should die during transport. Sometimes the “useless” male chick is shipped as “packaging material”.
Sometimes, you the recipient could wind up with a male. What are you going to do if that happens? Males chicks, according to the industry, are “useless” which is why they are GROUND UP ALIVE!!!! Let’s be honest shall we, do you honestly believe the recipient wants to go through the expense of feeding and caring for something that does not produce eggs?
People who think it is cute to own chickens so they can have “fresh eggs” fail to realize one very important fact: Chickens do not produce eggs forever. What will the owner(s) of these chickens to do when they stop producing eggs? Will the owner(s) continue to feed and care for these highly intelligent sentient creatures when they stop producing eggs?
I’ll tell you exactly what happens. The chicken(s) either wind up abandoned, surrendered to shelters or look the other way honey (and kids) while I kill this “useless” bird and toss her into the compost heap.
Animal ownership, whether a dog, cat or fucking chicken is costly and requires time. You cannot just feed them and forget about them.
Lastly, sometimes eggs become lodged in the reproductive tract of the chicken, causing them extreme pain and death if not remedied. What this means to the chicken owner is costly veterinarian bills. Are the owners prepared to handle such a crisis if it happens? Are they willing to take on the expense or will they just tell their kids to look the other way while this beautiful sentient being meets her demise with a hatchet.
Instead of glamorizing chicken ownership by using glossy industry words like: Backyard Raised, Organic, Free-Range, why not promote VEGANISM? Rest assured most of the population in the US could stand to lose a few pounds and dropping their consumption of animal products is the best way to do it.
Better yet, if the arrogant ass-clowns at Organic Gardening want to promote “backyard chickens” why don’t they also promote Lipitor!
If you’d like to learn more about the exploitation of chickens along with how to care for a chicken(s) that has been abandoned by a former “back yard chicken owner” or a chicken that was rescued from the egregious conditions of factory farming, please nav on over to Free From Harm. Robert Grillo, founder of Free From Harm has done a brilliant job of exposing the lies that the *Industry* tries to cover up.
Eggs: What are You Really Eating?
Esperanza: The Story of Rescued Broiler Chicken