Category Archives: Chickens in the News

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Renewing Interest in Raising Backyard Chickens

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Renewing Interest in Raising Backyard Chickens

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down businesses, closed schools, and disrupted supply chains. It has also led to a dramatic increase in chick sales.    “We are totally swamped,” says Jeff Smith of Cackle Hatchery. “It’s a little overwhelming.”    Indeed, at Cackle Hatchery alone, sales have doubled over the previous year as more and… Continue Reading

The Mother of All Chickens

The Mother of All Chickens

A team of British avian paleontologists believe they have discovered the mother of all chickens — and ducks. They have identified the remains of the world’s oldest modern bird, dating to about 66.7 million years ago.   The Wonderchicken Researchers call the bird the Wonderchicken. Its formal name is Asteriornis maastrichtensis.   Asteriornis is combined… Continue Reading

The COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers a Run on Chickens

The COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers a Run on Chickens

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a run on chickens, causing people to ponder the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?   The Columbia Missourian votes for eggs: “Panic-buying the eggs came before panic-buying the chickens this year, though people have been doing both.”   But Newsweek opts for chickens, saying, “Many… Continue Reading

Planning a Road Trip to Missouri? Be Sure to Visit Cackle Hatchery!

Planning a Road Trip to Missouri? Be Sure to Visit Cackle Hatchery!

Cackle Hatchery is not merely a mail-order poultry hatchery. It also operates a year-around poultry-only products store and museum, and sponsors a popular annual chicken festival. The best time of year to visit depends on your purpose and on the time frame of your vacation.     To watch baby chicks hatch, the best time… Continue Reading

Myrtle the Para Chicken and the Battle of Arnhem

Myrtle the Para Chicken and the Battle of Arnhem

This September marks the 75th anniversary of World War Two’s Operation Market Garden, during which a hen named Myrtle parachuted into the Battle of Arnhem with Britain’s 1st Airborne Division.   Summer of 1944 was hot in Leicestershire, England, as paratroopers of Britain’s Tenth Battalion, Parachute Regiment waited for deployment. Irritable after a series of… Continue Reading

Can Backyard Chickens Alleviate Poverty?

Can Backyard Chickens Alleviate Poverty?

Giving chickens to underprivileged women will lift them out of poverty. So says Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is getting a lot of flak from his country’s political elite. But consider this: Chickens were once the savior of poverty-stricken rural Americans, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Henry A. Wallace (1933-1940).   In the 1900s,… Continue Reading