One of the chicks that we hatched back in 2007
It’s great to see more and more folks these days turning towards raising poultry and other small stock in their backyards as the trend towards eating closer to home spreads across the nation.
But there’s a dark side to this trend and it’s finally been exposed.
Before this graphic hatchery video came out, we were not too thrilled with many of the popular hatcheries that have been getting quite a bit exposure and business these days due to the city chicken craze.
In fact, while being interviewed for an upcoming article on citified farm animals (Los Angeles Magazine Oct Issue), we were asked by the reporter if we could recommend some hatcheries or places where people can buy chicks.
Our response to the question was that
“we are NOT happy with the hatchery option and certainly would not recommend pet stores or even feed stores.
Our best advice is to find someone in the local area, via word of mouth, who has a good reputation with others who keep chickens and ducks. One source is farmer’s markets–perhaps starting with egg vendors.”
Start with sites like LocalHarvest.org
Having said that, here’s Jordanne’s reaction to the video
Everyone needs to speak up. I’ve been saying this for a long time… chickens are great. But now that a lot of us have taken the step backward to raising chickens, we need to go even further back and do it more sustainably and that means EVERYTHING from birth to death; feed to medicine.
Hatcheries have NEVER been right. Large scale operations are so wrong on many levels. That is why I hatched some of my recent chicks from a local source of eggs and then adopted out the roosters or had them live happy and free-ranging lives on a farm until they were sustainable and respectfully butchered. I was aware of what happened in hatcheries and it made me sick to be a part of it.
So, we need people to speak up and tell these hatcheries that it isn’t right. And, we need local sources of eggs/baby chicks and a network of farms who can help