The following blog entry is very interesting. I am aware of how it pertains to chicken keepers, but it also talks about the difference of how we raise chickens now and how we raised chickens 50 years ago.
One of the things I can't fully understand is how we expect all of our meat animals to be humanely treated when we are going to kill them anyway. Am I the only one that does not quite get this. I do know that we want our meat healthy and treating the minimal humanly may have a bearing on having healthy meat. I know that we need to treat all creatures well and I do--expect spiders, snakes, mice, rats, flies ----well you get the picture. If more people knew how factory chickens are treated now, they would not eat them. The link below is a great place to check out factory farms.
I have replaced 4 of my chickens. If you have not been following my blog, a neighboring dog killed my whole flock. I know they can not ever be replaced, but we have 4 babies now. They are young adults hens. I had 2 eggs today! I love the look of all chickens, but those with unusual features catch my eye. I found a farm-lady which sold me 2 brown Frizzle hens, a little black hen, and a mixed Frizzle and Silkie hen. Since the holiday season is here, I have chosen to name the brown Frizzle hens Sweet Potato and Fruit Cake. The white hen I named Marshmallow and the black hen I named Raisin. I know I am a little odd. LOL All of these girls are smaller than my grandmother's chickens and they are considered to be Bantams. This name comes from the Banten Provence or Banten Residency which was once a major seaport in Indonesia.