Two More Reasons Not to Keep Chickens

» June 8th, 2012

1) This notice was posted on my neighborhood list serve yesterday:

Hi neighbors, We are still looking for helping with the school chickens this 
summer, especially July and August. We need people who can help let them out in 
the mornings, feed/water them, and put them back in the coops in the evening. 
Sign up for a full day or you can choose a morning or evening shift. You can 
sign up at the link provided: If you haveany 

questions please feel free to call me or email me offline. Thanks  . . . 

It infuriates me. First, what exactly does a grammar school intend to teach students by keeping chickens and then failing to adequately prepare for their oversight over the summer? Second, couldn’t the school have just focussed on vegetables as food you can provide for yourself?

2) This photo was sent to me by a member of Oakland’s Neighbors Opposed to Backyard Slaughter:


Speaks for itself.


6 Responses to Two More Reasons Not to Keep Chickens

  1. Another reason not to keep chickens is that the chicks are mostly hatched artificially, in huge commercial hatcheries. Then, they are sorted by sex, the females packed and shipped by US mail in “breathable” cartons, with just enough “extra” chick “packing material” to ensure the desired quantity of live animals after the horrific journey. The newly hatched chicks never know their mother and the “undesirable” males are, of course, destroyed.

    Once again, animal agriculture stomps on the very idea of motherhood and the psychological needs of both mother and offspring to nurture and protect and to be nurtured and protected.

  2. kathryn shane says:

    Perhaps the “teachers” and parents who are trying to help children learn about animals and food should learn themselves what goes into producing those little chicks they buy at the feed store. The lesson is actually the extermination of virtually 100% of male chicks via mastication or suffocation because they don’t lay eggs, chicks being used as “packing material” as Janet describes above, and the continuous mechanization insemination of millions of breeding hens with prolapsed uteruses producing chicks hatched on a shaking conveyor belts never knowing their mother whose wings are meant to protect them.

  3. Ellie Maldonado says:

    Indeed, if schools want to teach students about farming, they could/should have focused on vegetables.

    School yard animal farms in NYC have been covered by CBS News (and likely by other TV stations as well), and touted by school principles as “teaching students about nature” — which is nonsense! Educational institutions, including grammar schools, should know domestication of animals was based on artificial selection, and there’s nothing natural about commodifying living beings into perpetual dependents.

  4. i couldn’t agree with you more, James!

  5. Jennifer Paige says:

    I saw a missing person flyer the other day and couldn’t agree more. Why do people keep having children if they’re just going to lose them?

  6. Bea Elliott says:

    It figures. Two of the most fragile and vulnerable “food” animals are chickens and rabbits. They are also the cheapest to purchase and feed… The most easily replaceable and the easiest to abuse through neglect or abandonment.

    Want to really challenge and engage school kids? Want to really show them the meaning of responsibility? Give each one a pepper or tomato plant. See if they can keep it alive and actually produce food. That’s a valuable lesson they will keep a lifetime!

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