- Posted on April 11, 2013 8:54 pm
Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Best Chicken Food
When you sit down to christmas dinner or your sunday roast have you ever wondered where the chicken or turkey your are eating has come from? Personally I used to, though now I find myself unconsciously naming the bones and muscles of the bird (why I don’t like eating meat of the bone). I believe there is a big divide between food production and people’s meals brought together in part through the growth of giant supermarkets and the decline of local butchers. I think today is a good time to remember that this processed chicken wing dinner…
Actually comes from chickens like this…
Well maybe not exactly like this as they are likely to be factory farmed in a broiler unit which is a massive shed where thousands of chickens are grown to weight before they are slaughtered for food. One of my biggest shocks today was the revelation that chickens actually moult – this means they lose their feathers which are then replaced when they grow new ones. As the hen stops laying during this time many chicken units will only keep them until their first moult before they then are either re-homed or go for slaughter.
Previously I had been really against factory farming of chickens as all the “rescue” pictures I’d seen showed chickens looking really bald with feathers falling out all over the place. Realising that this is part of the natural life cycle for chickens I do now question whether using such images is morally right when seeking donations from uneducated people…
At the moment I am left undecided on what production method I support for poultry as they both have advantages and disadvantages. With the number of eggs that humans consume the manpower and space needed for a free range system would be astronomical. We are visiting a chicken production farm next Thursday so hopefully this will help me make a decision.Posted in categories: Vet School Diary