Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Save the world,: Save the battery chicken

Photo by Rachel Yang.

A free ranged mother hen.


When I was young, we lived in suburbia, Mum and Dad always kept some chicken and ducks. We had mostly free ranged ducks and chicken. But we also had about twenty caged hens for laying eggs. So I know about battery chicken and animal cruelty. Chickens have weird personality. If one chick gets pecked, the others will peck her too.

On Sunday, I watched a program on TV. There is a group of SAFE activists going round the country to expose egg farmers. There are some "bad" eggs among the farmers.

My friend Rachel Yang snapped this photo at Spencer Hotel in Takapuna in Auckland. Rachel is my facebook friend. We both belong to the Auckland University Chinese Alumni.

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) in February released a draft welfare code for hens which would phase out the use of existing cages for the nation's 2.88 million battery hens, which each lay about 25 dozen eggs a year.

New "enriched cages", which feature a nest box, perch and a scratch pad, have been proposed.

The proposed colony systems would require 750cu cm per bird. A piece of A4 paper is equivalent to 623sq cm.

Would you pay a lot more for a free ranged egg?


Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ann, I don't know much about raising chickens --but do remember visiting a great aunt when I was a little girl... She raised chickens ---and I remember her going into her chicken coop, picking up a chicken and killing it ---so that she could fix it for dinner... That upset me as a child... BUT--I certainly eat my share of chicken ---and eat alot of eggs now!!!!!

MadSnapper said...

she is a pretty fat girl.

George said...

Free-range chickens are becoming more popular here, but I'm not sure how many people will be willing to pay higher prices to allow more free-range chickens. Food prices are already going much higher as it is.