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How EXACTLY are all those millions of chickens being killed en masse due to bird flu? They're suffocated with FOAM..

6/9/2015 - The widely reported bird flu outbreak that authorities say has already resulted in the slaughter of some 45-plus million chickens and turkeys is completely decimating the poultry industry throughout the U.S. In addition to losing infected birds, many local farms are reportedly having to destroy otherwise...

Free-range backyard chickens seem immune to the massive bird flu outbreak in chicken factories

5/31/2015 - An ongoing bird flu outbreak that has devastated the U.S. poultry and egg industries seems to be leaving backyard chicken farms mostly untouched in what experts are calling an epidemiological mystery. Bird flu is a highly lethal strain of influenza that can kill a bird or human within days. Fortunately,...

'Humanely raised' chickens suffer torturous existance, "The consumer is being hoodwinked'

12/23/2014 - Jim Perdue, the self-proclaimed "head cheerleader" for Perdue Farms, proclaims, in a video produced by his company, that he and his company always want to "do the right thing." It's such a catchy phrase to listen to while watching Perdue drive his pick-up truck down a highway, yellow ball cap perched...

Update from the Health Ranger ranch: Baby chicks, moringa and the winter food supply

11/15/2014 - It should be obvious to most Americans by now that we're descended deep into winter thanks to a wicked polar vortex. As this cold swept across Texas, I've had the task of taking care of some baby chicks who hatched late in the year because of a particularly sneaky mother hen who's an expert in reproduction. The...

How many factory-farmed chickens do you kill each year with your 'Appetite for Destruction'?

10/5/2014 - There are some "vegetarians" out there who still eat chicken. They actually think that, because it's not red meat, it's not meat. Then there are the hundreds of millions who think that white meat is less detrimental to one's health than red meat, and that's just because the mass media has done about...

Drastic reduction in antibiotic use announced by third largest U.S. chicken producer

9/11/2014 - Finally, consumer demands are beginning to be met by some corporations in the food industry. Consumer advocacy groups, food activists and alternative media have all contributed to pushing the boundaries of the food industry in a way that offers true customer satisfaction. The most recent victory...

Organic farm launches crowdfunding campaign to humanely raise and breed heritage chickens

9/3/2014 5:42:03 PM - The poultry industry, and in particular organic poultry, has exploded in popularity over the years, with more Americans now consuming the lean white meat over beef. Growing awareness regarding clean, healthier foods has sparked a new interest in overall health and fitness. This switch in mentality...

USDA on board with shipping U.S. chickens to China for processing, then re-entry to States for human consumption

6/9/2014 - At a time when less-than-desirable food quality issues and iffy food practices surrounding China and its seafood processing/shipments with the United States exist, another shocking piece of news has emerged, this time involving chickens. Ready? The USDA is on board with allowing U.S. chickens...

A story of natural survival: The secret chicken family at the Health Ranger ranch

5/30/2014 - One of the most precious things about living on a ranch and taking care of animals is getting to witness life unfold right before your very eyes. The miracles of nature are ever-present at my ranch, and they're a limitless source of inspiration. If you read Natural News, you probably know I raise...

Dictatorial Michigan government to ban chickens, goats, honey bees on small family farms

5/18/2014 - A number of Michigan residents believe they are in danger of losing their right to keep livestock on their own property because of a new ruling from the state's Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Off The Grid News (OTGN) reports that the commission ruled April 28 that any local government...

Amazing homesteading ideas to help you become more self-sufficient

4/3/2014 - Self-sufficiency has gone mainstream, which means that more and more people, including many urban dwellers, are looking for easy and effective ways to produce food and care for their families without having to rely on the system for sustenance. Since knowing where to start with all this is half the...

Vegetarian-fed chickens - are these bragging rights or just screwed up food politics?

3/28/2014 - Ok, who cares if your eggs come from chickens that are fed vegetarian feed? What are the other choices besides insects, bugs, worms, etc.? Are you feeding them chicken? What about cow, pig and turkey? Maybe chickens are fed farm-raised fish, but last I checked, they don't like that. In a country where...

Slaughtering 9 billion chickens a year worldwide equates to 17,000 deaths every minute

3/6/2014 - What's the average price of conventional chicken per pound right now? $3.68 is your packaged price for hormone-laden, antibiotic-loaded chicken. What's the cost for that same pound of chicken without antibiotics? $5.50 is your cost for a pound of chicken without medication that breeds superbugs. What...

Feed your backyard chickens for free with garden produce, common weeds

10/23/2013 - One of the biggest complaints people who raise backyard chickens have is that commercial feed costs are often prohibitively expensive, especially when trying to raise chickens naturally without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides. But did you know that many common garden weeds make...

FDA targets free-range, pastured poultry and eggs with ridiculous new draft guidance pushing for all chickens to be raised indoors

9/10/2013 - America's small farmers are once again under attack, this time by a new draft guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that threatens to eliminate truly free-range and pastured poultry and eggs. Entitled "Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella...

Virginia government prosecutes homeowner with criminal charges for backyard chickens that produce organic eggs

3/18/2013 - An ongoing debate over the rights of homeowners to raise and keep their own chickens may soon gain an audience in the Virgina Supreme Court. Attorneys at the Rutherford Institute have filed a Petition for Appeal on behalf of Virginia Beach resident Tracy Gugal-Okroy, who faces criminal charges related...

The Health Ranger's guide to raising healthy, happy chickens without antibiotics

1/23/2013 - Raising chickens is smart. It provides you a healthy supply of food in the form of chicken eggs, and you'll even have a source of emergency meat if times get really bad. Chickens largely take care of themselves. They're friendly, curious and smart enough to come running when you call them. They'll...

Oregano keeps chickens healthy and disease-free naturally

1/2/2013 2:30:47 PM - More conventional farmers, both small and large, are beginning to ease off antibiotic use on their animals. Pharmaceutical antibiotics had become popular as CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) came into existence. Antibiotics began being used to keep poultry and livestock free from infectious...

GMO madness: Frankenscientists develop genetically-modified chickens they claim will halt avian flu transmission

10/17/2012 - The H5N1 avian flu virus, which ministers of health propaganda around the world have been using for years to generate overblown panic and fear, is the subject of a new biotechnology project involving genetically-modified (GM) chickens. According to the U.K.'s Guardian, genetic manipulators have developed...

Rawesome bombshell: Lab test evidence against Sharon Palmer (Healthy Family Farms) found invalid; allegations unsupportable

6/4/2012 - Following our coverage of Sharon Palmer, owner of Healthy Family Farms, and James Stewart, the "raw milk man" and founder of Rawesome Foods in California, I received a tip from an anonymous source. The tip said that I was defending the wrong parties. The source stated that Sharon Palmer was a fraud...

Arsenic in your chicken: Guess who is defending its use?

5/24/2012 - Arsenic in our food supply has a very rich ally and that ally is Pfizer. You see, arsenic is routinely fed to poultry because it increases the growth of the chicken and makes the flesh an appetizing shade of pink (a side effect of burst blood vessels). Of course arsenic could eventually kill the hapless...

Score one for the chickens - a small victory in Johnson City, Tennessee

4/12/2012 - Score one for freedom and grassroots activism. Johnson City, Tennessee commissioners voted 3-2 to amend their current zoning ordinance and allow chickens to be kept as 'pets' in residential areas. This reversed a 2010 decision, when officials first considered allowing chickens but decided against it. Emily...

City of Roswell, GA, bullies Andrew Wordes to death over his backyard chickens

4/10/2012 - An innocent man who had legally been raising a few dozen chickens and other small birds in the backyard of his suburban Atlanta home is now dead, following a crusade of terror perpetrated against him by the City of Roswell in Georgia. Andrew Wordes, who died during a recent raid on his property in which...

Authenticity grows from the ground up at NaturalNews - here's what I harvested from my garden and my free-range chickens

9/2/2011 - Since hanging out in Texas over the last few months, I've been working hard on my garden, improving the soil, and raising my chickens which are now producing eggs. Yesterday I made an omelet with my farm-fresh eggs and herbs picked right out of the garden. Check out the picture below of some of what...

GM chicken - Scientists create flu-resistant chickens that may end up on your dinner table

2/13/2011 - In a new wave of scientifically altered creations, scientists have created genetically modified chickens that do not transmit bird flu to other chickens. The chickens, while unable to transmit the disease, may still suffer from the disease themselves. The genetic manipulation process tampers with the...

How to raise chickens in the city

11/23/2010 - Depending on where you live in the world, keeping a few chickens is generally a viable option, even in a large city. Relatively inexpensive and maintenance free, hens will reward you with fresh eggs daily, assist with pest control, provide manure for the garden and give lots of joy to children, who...

Two-thirds of store-bought chickens contaminated with food-borne illness microbes

4/27/2010 - Two out of every three store-bought chickens may be contaminated with bacteria that commonly cause human illness, according to a study conducted by the Consumers Union. "Consumers still need to be very careful in handling chicken, which is routinely contaminated with disease-causing bacteria," said...

Organic chickens are genetically different from conventional chickens

2/18/2010 - Researchers from the Netherlands have found that organically fed chickens develop different genes than their conventionally fed counterparts. The result is that the genes responsible for creating cholesterol have a higher expression in organically fed chickens, yet these birds do not have elevated blood...

Timeline: World History of Viral Pandemics: 412BC to 2009

5/1/2009 - When observing the swine flu outbreak happening today, it's helpful to have some historical context. Viral pandemics are not unusual, and talking about one isn't "alarmist." Pandemics are a regular feature of life on earth, and they occur with surprising regularity throughout world history. Wherever...

Tyson Foods Injects Chickens with Antibiotics Before They Hatch to Claim "Raised without Antibiotics"

11/9/2008 - Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat processor and the second largest chicken producer in the United States, has admitted that it injects its chickens with antibiotics before they hatch, but labels them as raised without antibiotics anyway. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) told...

Bird flu timeline: A history of influenza from 412 BC – AD 2006

2/6/2006 - 412 BC – Major epidemic of a disease (which, although not called influenza, probably was influenza) recorded by Hippocrates. 1357 AD – The term, “influenza,” from the Italian word meaning "influence," was coined. Popular belief at that time blamed the development of flu on the influence of the stars....

Health news roundup: Kraft shrinks, drugs in the drinking water, and obese chickens (satire)

1/31/2006 - Give yourself a round of applause. We're winning the war against junk food manufacturers! Kraft Foods, a company that I would categorize as the largest junk food / processed food manufacturer in the world (also owned by a tobacco company, by the way) has just announced it's slashing jobs and closing...

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