Category Archives: Chickens in the News

USDA Announces New Rules to Protect Livestock Producers

USDA Announces New Rules to Protect Livestock Producers

On December 15, 2016 the US Department of Agriculture announced that it will institute three new rules designed to protect the rights of livestock and poultry farmers who work with large meat processing companies. The Obama administration proposed a similar set of rules in 2010, but Congress blocked their funding. After the spending ban was… Read More »

National Steak and Poultry Expands Chicken Product Recall

National Steak and Poultry Expands Chicken Product Recall

On November 23, the Oklahoma-based company National Steak and Poultry issued a recall of roughly 17,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that had been packaged in early October. These products included a number of pre-cooked products including the popular Hormel brand of roasted chicken breast strips. This initial recall stemmed from concerns that the products… Read More »

Farmers Use Chickens as Alternative to Pesticides

Farmers Use Chickens as Alternative to Pesticides

Chemical pesticides might do a fine job of protecting crops from harmful insects, but they can also have a decidedly negative impact on local ecosystems. In recent years, agriculture experts have become especially concerned about the threat chemical pesticides pose to pollinators such as honey bees. That’s why some farmers have begun searching for other… Read More »

FDA Regulates Use of Antimicrobials in Poultry Feed and Water

FDA Regulates Use of Antimicrobials in Poultry Feed and Water

As of January 2017, backyard chicken keepers will have fewer options for treating sick birds. New regulations restrict the use of any antimicrobial that is administered by means of feed or water. More than 280 livestock products marketed by 26 companies are affected by this rule. According to two guidance documents —  #209 and #213… Read More »

“Chicken People” Documentary Gets a Theatrical Release

“Chicken People” Documentary Gets a Theatrical Release

As you might expect, show chicken breeders tend to be an eccentric bunch of folks who are passionate about breeding perfect poultry. Until recently, however, the relatively small world of show chicken breeding hasn’t had much time in the limelight. Thanks to a documentary produced by CMT however, that’s about to change. It’s called Chicken… Read More »

GNP Plans to Cut Antibiotics, Gain Humane Certification

GNP Plans to Cut Antibiotics, Gain Humane Certification

In June the fourth largest poultry-producer in the country, Perdue Farms, announced that they would begin implementing a variety of reforms designed to improve the lives of the chickens in their operations. Animal rights groups hailed the move as a milestone for an industry that has recently faced serious ethical concerns. Now GNP Co., the Midwest’s… Read More »

More Places Using Chickens as Therapy Animals

More Places Using Chickens as Therapy Animals

Since they were first domesticated in China roughly 10,000 years ago, Chickens have been kept almost exclusively as livestock, rather than companion animals. Sure, we might appreciate their unique personalities and distinctly comical behaviors, but that’s not why we typically raise chickens. For the vast majority of people, it’s all about the meat and eggs.… Read More »