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    Free Range Chicken

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Heather Louise, Jan 9, 2008.

    Free Range Chicken

    So I have been watching that Hugh’s Chicken Run which was on Channel four on British TV. Here is the site link with information about it if you are interested. It gives the next episodes showing times and clips from the series.

    Hugh's Chicken Run | Channel4.com


    Now, what the whole programme was about were Free Range chickens. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sets up a battery farm for chickens and one for free-range and sees the difference between the two.

    Battery chickens basically have a crap life. They only live for about 39 days and they spend it all crammed in a huge warehouse with barely enough room to move once they get a big bigger, with nothing to do but eat and drink so they get fat. Because when they poo it just stays there as no-one cleans up, they are constanly sitting in their own fesies. Because of the ammonia level in their poo, they end up with huge sores on their legs which make life very uncomfertable. It said that something like 93% of the chickens which are raised in the battery sheds die having never seen daylight once in their life!


    On the other hand, Free Range chickens live in the shed for the first few weeks untilt they are old enough to go outside. Even then their conditions are better as there are lass chickens per square metre and they have balls and things to keep themselves occupied. Then they are allowed outside during the day. It was noted that the free-range chickens were more active, jumping around and stuff. Because free-range chickens are allowed out they burn off more energy than battery chickens and so take longer to reach the traget weight. The normally live for about 50 days.


    Now I know you might think that it doesn’t matter either way, they are going to end up dead and our meal at the end of the day. Personally, the thing I use to justify eating meat is the fact that the animals we eat have a good life before we kill them. Like with cows; we raise them, feed them, pay for their vet bills and everything they need. Then after how ever long they are kpe alive we kill and eat them, which I sort of see as our payback if you get me. I cannot justify eating battery chickens however when they are is such terrible living condiions and spending their entire life, albeit short life, in such a squalor.


    I just wanted to tell you about it anyway as having watched the three day documetary I am trying to convince my mam to go free-range as it really isn’t nice how battery chickens are looked after etc. I know free-range is more expensive to buy of the shelves, with the difference being about £2 for a full chicken in most supermarkeets, but I urge you to whereveer possible, consider buying free-range.

    Thanks for reading
    Heather
     
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    Free range tastes nicer, too :)
     
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    I have never actually had it before to be honest, it's not something I really though much about before the other day.
     
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    I like Corn fed Chicken.


    Hell I like chicken full stop.
     
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    Chicken is good. So is beef. And Pork. And lamb :)
     
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    mmmmmmm. Chicken. mmmmmmmmm Lamb. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Pork. mmmmmmmmm Beef.

    Damn you banzai. damn you. I am so hungry now and My sore throat so hurts :p
     
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    Hey, at least you aren't veggie.
     
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    Hell No.


    (No offence to vegiterians.)



    I just really like meat...... I'm weak.











    I need meat......









    mmmmmmmm Chicken.
     
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    time to add them to the list

    sausage
    laws
    retail and restaurant chicken
     
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    This almost reminds me of Kosher food. Where the meat must be raised properly, and fed properly, with no additives or hormones or anything, and then killed with no pain. After they are dead, they analyse the animal to see if it had and diseases and whatnot. If not then it is allowed to be sold. (I think I heard that they can only cook it on a grill that has been cleansed with holy waters or something, and non kosher meat can never have been grilled on the grill)
     
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    Kosher sounds good. Apart from the no pork thing. I do like pork. And bacon. And gammon. And ham...
     
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    Oooh Crap.....
    I'm Hungry again....
     
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    Me too...
     
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    *Heads off to the freezer*
     
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    *Heads off to the shop*
     
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    *Puts Oven on and lets fat greasy Pork sausages cook slowly as to create that mouth watering taste of heaven.* Mmmmmmmmm
     
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    *Nibbles a cracker* *a very dry, butterless cracker* Would love that sausage Raven but I can't eat pork.

    I like free range.
    Free range sparrow, free range pigeon, free range robin.

    I'm glad I don't watch much tv. My conscience is heavy enough as it is. Unfortunately, my budget steers me towards the 'cheep' foods.
     
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    Meat is Meat.

    Robin is a little dry and blue tits taste the same. Pigeon is ok has an after taste I care not for.

    Pheasant now thats a tasty dish.

    And rabbit is a lovely tasty scrummy meal especially if cooked over a spit.
     
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    Oh, Sayso, that was a cheep shot! :D
     
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    Ok, I know you are only having a laugh Banzai and Hulls, but this is kinda serious so can we leave out the talk about your favourite foods. Thanks :)

    See, on of the things about this though is that the more people buy Free-range, the more demand there becomes for it and so it goes down in price. It works just the same as most things, just with Tesco having two chickesn for a £5 deal, people don'r want to pay more.
     
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    What you have to understand though, heather, is that some people can only afford the cheap battery chickens. For them, paying extra for morality simply isn't an option.
     
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    Yea, so I found out today when my mam refused to buy free-range chicken. So I said I didn't want to eat chicken again but that is not an option for me apparently.
     
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    Sorry to hear it, Heather.
     
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    Yea. Vegetarianism is pulling me in at the moment having watched thatporgramme, but again that is not something I have a choice until I am 16. I duno
     
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    I did the vegetarian thing for a year. But the day came that I couldn't pass by the sandwich shop one more time, so I went in and ordered two steak subs.

    Let me tell you, they tasted GOOD! :)
     

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