Industrial free meat chickens in action

 

These are my industrial free meat birds. I bred them using CornishX  or in a few cases a Jersey Giant/Wyandotte Rooster.

The hens mixed with are Copper Maran, American Bresse, Freedom Ranger, Red Ranger, New Hampshire, Cornish (not the cross), white rock and jersey giant.

They all come in faster than any chickens I’ve had before, but not as fast as the industrial chickens. I have not had ANY so far with health problems seen in the commercial CornishX.

I am breeding them to sell, but there isn’t anybody around here who understands that.  This video is shot on the farm of a great farmer who is interested and has great pasture.

Industrial hatcheries are the number one source of disease.  We need a breeding program outside industrial. What I want is meat birds you can buy and keep and make more meat birds.  They won’t lay quite as well as others, but still fairly good and the chicks will be much, much better eats.

My four chicken varieties at day 4

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I am breeding and selling four varieties: On left- a Mendostein Smart Chicken- a mixture of our incredible Speckled Sussex, the best Americanas, Plymouth Rock and Copper Maran.   We picked and pick the smartest and most vital chickens . They will be smaller and lay better than others.

Noyo Naked Neck- At least 1/4 Transylvanian Naked neck with the distinct marking- no feathers on her neck.   The Naked Neck has been bred with the best layers and most vital chickens on the place.   Naked necks are good dual purpose birds

Mendo Meatie- the big guy is a meat breed, but this girl should lay good as her line is 1/4 Jersey Giant, 1/4 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1/4 White Rock and 1/4 not positive, but one of the layers.  Dad is nearly 14 pounds. MOST of the MendoMeaties have CornishX in them.  This gal will take about 5 months to grow.  Those with the CornishX will take about half that time on average. But they will not be as good of layers.

Bresse Bragger- This one is 1/4 Bresse and 1/2 Freedom Ranger.

(These 4 are for sale at special sale price of $10, due to rain). I will post other examples of my lines here.

Beware the mama: How to give incubator babies to a mother hen.

You have to watch these all the way to the end to get the best moment.  You won’t believe what happens to the camera man when he gets the camera to close to broody mama!

 

Want to incubate eggs and have them raised by a real mama?   That’s where we were here on March 1.

 

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Fortunately, Cake, one of our American Bresse and still a haughty Frenchie girl was broody.  She had been on the nest only three days.  The time on the nest doesn’t seem to matter.

The first thing to do is get ready for what we do next.  Above  is the video of the setup the mama will need to move to AFTER she takes the babies.  We are going to try to get her to take all 50-60 we hatched.

The next two videos introduce you to mama and the babies.  COLOR of babies is very important.  Not all mamas will accept all colors.  We had a mother with all black babies.  She took more black babies when we added them, but she tried to kill white babies.

The last video shows a lOT of darkness sorry, but the ending is pretty darn funny.   The camera and cameraman both paid the price for getting too close to mama..

 

Ok, its not going so well.   When incubator chickens are put with a momma they do something they never do if hatched by her, they wander.  I heard screeching and found one out on the floor away from the nest box.  She was fine but could not find her way back.  Mamma accepted her back.  Then it got worse, a black naked neck had a little bit of the egg stuck to him.  we hoped she would pick it off. She rejected him and hurt him by pecking the little fella.  I took him out, but he may not make it.  she has accepted the other 11. I have seen baby chicks reject the mother too in one case, despite her best efforts.  We will know how well this is going tomorrow.  Momma got out at one point!  But she went back in and put these babies all back under her.  That’s when she kicked the little Turken out of the nest.  Might be because of the naked neck, or maybe because he was black or had egg material on him

 

 

 

 

Meet the Parents Big Hoss is now 21 Pounds!

As far as I can tell, I am the only breeder in AMERICA selling naturally raised, naturally conceived CornishX crosses. The grocery store meat chicken, bred by the likes of Cobb. Are there folks over the pond breeding these? I would love to hear from anyone who is breeding these naturally and growing them, like me without confinement. Let’s take this breed BACK for the commons! Shown is just one of my 4 CornishX flocks. This big MENDO MEATIE meat bird, Big Hoss, standing amidst his hens is 21 pounds, 13 months old and the most ardent breeder on the farm. Get this- Big Hoss had a tussle in the back pasture with some sort of predator that pulled out some of his feathers, but which he also CHASED AWAY! Hoss doesn’t look as big as he really is, because my hens are big too, my big red meat bird in the foreground is 11 pounds! , The Copper Marans shown in the flock are bigger than average as is the Brahma-Bresse cross pair. This big grocery store CornishX boy, born almost anywhere else, would have lived a life of HELL, or at best for 6-8 weeks then into the pot. I LOVE this breed and believe we can take it back from the corporate powers!!! I only sell locally for now. Those who do order this big boys offspring WILL get a fabulous meat chicken (as long as they are raised on pasture and NOT confined or indoors) BUT the biggest issue is maturity. The offspring MAY mature in 8 weeks or it may take 5 or even 6 months. The guy hiding behind the wine barrel is also giant cornishX 18 pounds and lives a bit in fear of the really big guy. But when he comes out of hiding, he breaks off a few hens and takes them off and breeds with them. These grocery store chickens are REAL chickens, despite the darkest intents of corporate breeders… Id love to hear from others breeding this chicken. Only about 1 out of 5 of these big boys turns out to be an excellent breeder and this is the best one ever. They often die of congestive heart failure… Read the life of Big Hoss from earlier in a blog entry below.

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The cochin at center is Silver Pants, head hen of this flock.  She grew to full size in 8 weeks!  Her offspring so far have not followed suit.

The rooster below is Little Bro.  Big Hoss is fairly mean to him, not too CornishX like.  Little Bro goes into the farmhouse when Big Hoss is on the back 40 and Bro gets hens that way.

 

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I have 4 varieties for sale this year,  Mendo Meatie, Mendostein pet Chicken, Noyo Naked Neck and Bresse Bragger.  None are “full blood”  They are chosen for the vitality, breast, intelligence and general health of the birds, not for breed specific qualities.

Meet the parents-CornishX and MalayX

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The MENDO MEATIE breeders here are POW! and Bub (bottom).  POW is very healthy while Bub has the heart that is too small. You can see congestive heart failure in the purple comb.  He is just over a year old and about 19 pounds   POW is “only” 15 pounds and about 8 months old.  POW is the boss but does not pick on Bub.  There was a small rooster that picked at Bub, bloodied his comb, chased him.  CornishX don’t fight back much and are not too aggressive as a rule.   But one day Bub had enough and smashed the rooster against a pallet while pulling his feathers out.  It was fatal.  He isn’t mean, he was just sick of being picked on every day.  Don’t pick on a guy 3x your size!

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There are malay crosses in this block but I realized that i missed them with the camera.   The flock is diverse and good layers.  For anybody who buys the MendoMeatie hatching eggs or baby chicks, these are the parents.

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A Bresse and a speckled sussex/with Americana are in this parent group.

 

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Meet the parents- Big Big Mommas!

This is a small MENDO MEATIE meet the parents flock.  Two are full CornishX. One is 19 pounds!!  The third one, Okie, was born here, half CornishX and half white rock.  Her dad was Big Tex her momma was Mighty Whitey, an enormous white rock.  Okie is the last one here.

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Here is the big 19 pound girl!  She is very active, seems to have a good heart too. Give her a name!  She deserves one.

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The rooster, Kevin,  is a very young boy, just started to crow and these were indeed his first loves.  He was scared of them at first and they chased him, until they got to know him.  He still tiptoes around them.  They only lay about 5 eggs total per week and will be put in with other CornishX based flocks in any order.

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Mendostein Mama and four beautiful baby chicks for sale $40

 

SOLD on Feb. 11.

 

Hatched today, Feb. 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day, this is another renegade flock. Mama here, who is a small chicken, wriggled into an old nest I had closed up and literally rearranged the furniture. I had stuffed it full with buckets and old tools.  She made a little nest way back in there. Out they came on Thursday!

 

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$25 for a WONDERFUL  broody mama and $5 each for 4 chicks, minus $5 discount for taking them all, $40!  This mother is part malay and part americana. She will brood for you over and over and will protect the babies from the ravens (most can’t).   She is very friendly (unless you are messing with the chicks) and very smart.

This is my MENDOSTEIN pet chicken line.  She is not a meat bird by any measure.  One of the four chicks is absolutely a hen (the orange one that is twice as big as the black ones)  There are only 3 chicks in the photo as the fourth one escaped me in the house.  Being they are less than a day old, I don’t want to disturb them.

 

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Mama is seen snuggling under her friend Okie, the half CornishX half white rock daughter of Big Tex, our first CornishX breeder.  She also pecked me when I took the babies!   The chicks are all under her, up in the wing of the little brown mama. She is about 2-3 pounds and Okie is 11 pounds!. Mama looks bigger than she is because she is all fluffed out.  Mama’s secret house meant the babies got away pretty quick and she had to leave the rest of her eggs.  I found them too late.

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This little chick has a cool mask.  I can’t tell for sure if its a pullet or too, but the feathers look like HEN.  Take a look.

 

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Wing sexing on day 1– if there are shorter stubs alongside the longer stubs, its a pullet. If all are the same length, its a roo.

 

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Next up is the biggest chick, a pullet and future HEN for sure.

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Pictures of the two black ones didn’t turn out very well.

They are very vigorous as is mama!

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Here is why I am doing new varieties, not breeds

Thanks so much for all the wonderful folks from here who have been interested in getting chickens to eat. I am working on it, but am still looking for partners. I have some possibilities in Willits and in the 10 Mile Area right now. If you are near there, please email me. I will be doing presentations to farmer groups in those areas soon.

To clarify–

I am getting a lot of requests for a specific BREED of chicken. While I am raising Noyo Naked Necks, Bresse Bragger, Mendo Meatie and Mendostein Pet Chickens, these are VARIETIES, they are not BREEDS. (capitals are because this is confusing).

All Naked Necks are varieties, not true breeds. They can be 3 or 12 pounds. Great layers or not. Bresse are a very distinct breed. However, I am seeking to create a new VARIETY of bresse.

I fully respect what some are doing to preserve heritage breeds. In the 1970s-80s most of humanity essentially walked away from breeds that took millennia to perfect.

Now we are restoring them. Industry had control of many important breeds 1940-now. They downsized them to make them lay more and to live better in confinement. They bred broodiness out. (many old line farmers worked on doing this too)

Industry also didn’t pay much attention to physical vitality, intelligence or foraging ability. Their chickens live miserable confined lives and all traits like energetic and smart can actual work against them (although NOT if you are thinking about their health or the health of those who eat them or their eggs).

I have obtained 25 different breeds from our local feed stores and from friends and neighbors.

Most are weak, especially in the first generation. Mixed with others, they bring out many hidden traits. I cull and eat most that hatch and save the strongest for breeding. This is what breeding for VARIETY and specific new and desired traits like intelligence and vitalitiy accomplishes.

When breeding for BREED you try to match the characteristics against the breed standard. This has its merits but is NOT what I am doing.

I believe many industrial chickens lay too much for their own health, egg taste and quality. I think about 150- 200 eggs per year is right for the health of the hen.

When I tell people this, I don’t sell my hens usually. One reason why my prime objective right now is meat and why intelligence is my other.

At some point I will move my varieties toward the central characteristics of a breed. Until I get there, I guarantee my chickens will be interesting, clever, more energetic, decent layers (except the Mendo Meatie) and all tasty, long lived friends or pets. I can’t separate out the breeds, only the varieties.

Here are the 10 strongest breeds I have

  1. Copper Maran- Incredibly vital, terrific foragers, too good at mothering, excellent layers and cool dark eggs. Copper Marans are mixed as much as possible into Mendo Meatie, Mendostein and even Turkens. Maybe the Bresse too this year. This stock came from Tahoe, where they were very well developed.
  2. Malay- Most ancient of breeds along with junglefowl. For centuries old farmers used this bird to bring increased intelligence, vitality and wits to all the breeds. Virtually every breed developed after 1850 has a dash of malay in it, including the grocery store meat chicken. I freshen the pot with them. They are terrible layers but this does not carry to crosses. The cross will either lay 20 eggs a year or 180, not halfway in between. They are not fighters, bullies or mean to people, which is surprising based on how wild they are. My malay came from the feed stores!
  3. I got full blooded Bresse from two local people. They originated at Greenfire Farms. They lay about right and are the worlds tastiest chicken by all accounts. I have never eaten one as they are so wonderful and strong I don’t want to.
  4. Speckled Sussex- The finest hen we ever owned was a feed store Sussex. She was in charge of hens and roosters and took no guff from dogs and people. She could escape every door, climb, dig, push, pull and wriggle out. Other chickens imitated her. She raised numerous broods. I tried to stop her and took the eggs away a few times. That made Eagle Boi mad and she hid the eggs somewhere, to this day never found where. Her last brood she taught to escape. She got killed by a hawk sheltering the babies under her, under a tree, against a log way down at the neighbors. No way to keep her in Her genetics are half the origins of the Mendostein.
  5. Americana- The other half comes from the second smartest chicken eve, our roosterTarquin. Many funny stories with him too. He lives on, doing well. He always finds a way to mate with hens he isn’t supposed to, meaning our breeding program isn’t as pure as I wish. They are penned separate but this cad has to slip in and do his dance for the hens and slip out. His chicks are vital and lay well. We have several chickens who lay lovely green eggs that should not by all accounts and the paperwork!
  6. Silver Laced Wyandotte-wonderful vital chickens, as energetic as any, fairly smart better layers than most of mine
  7. Jersey Giant- not smart but strong, vital and both good layers and in SOME combinations great to eat. The JG mixed with RIR, Sussex or Plymouth Rocks make for small breasts on big chickens. Mixed with Brahama, Wyandotte or White Rock, they are fabulous all the way around.
  8. White Rock
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Industrial Leghorn

 

 

I have had some leads in Willits and some north of town. I want to have a cluster of farmers doing my varieties and enough to stock the demand I have already.

If we got a 5 acre pasture we could do about 1000 chickens at a time to eat with a regular on site supporting breeder flock.

chickens. Warning- you don’t get wealthy doing chickens but you do get addicted and some you need to harvest you just can’t!

TPP and global free trade wants to kill off any healthy scaled, local

scaled or humane industrial farming, including this woman’s operation in the Philippines. I want to imitate her!  Only I want to do it with my own hatched varieties that will some day be breeds.

We have many interested chicken buyers here, including restaurants.

 

I need to find about 5 acres of good pasture hopefully near Fort Bragg

A partner who wants to work, or second choice, with money to invest

 

 

 

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My blog has shows what I have, especially the top entry. Here is one on the

La Bresse

 

https://antifragilechicken.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/la-bresse-the-worlds-tastiest-chickens-or-just-the-best-moms/

Meet the Parents for our baby chick program!

More baby chicks are 18 days away!

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Red Giant Farms 2016 Hatch- (Meet the Parents below)

There are 4 kinds of birds we will be hatching this year. All are sold straight run for $5 (unsexed) on day 2 and after.

OR we offer a rooster return-exchange service as an option for $10 each. You get a new chicken or yours processed and returned to you ready to eat under that program. Roosters are delicious up to about 7 months of age.

Meet the Parents!

(Below is the first of our 7 breeding flocks.  There is a full Bresse hen setting on eggs in there right now.  You can order those hatchlings now)

You can also come meet parent birds by appointment.

We also sell Hatching eggs for $15 per dozen for the three below. $10 for assorted layers in our top quality Sportsman Hatcher.. We pick only the best quality eggs for hatching, using weight, age and parentage.

#1 Mendo Meatie

Large fast growing birds (6-12 pounds), ready to eat in 10-16 weeks. Various colors (see parent stock)

These are my favorite, to be used pretty much only for meat, although I have some that are pets. They eat a little more than average chickens and don’t lay well.( 2-4 eggs per week in summer) They grow to full size in about 10 weeks, at which point you could/should eat them. (Best before 6 months. These are crosses I have made originating with the CornishX . They are between 1/8 and ½ Cornish X. The CornishX is the store meat chicken, the world’s number one farm animal. On my farm, these birds live full lives, breed and create offspring without the weaknesses of the parents.

Read more about the CornishX here:

https://antifragilechicken.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/cornish-x-have-weak-but-sometimes-big-hearts/

 

#2 Noyo Naked Neck

This is the flock featured below.  All picked to be decent to excellent layers and decent to spectacular meat chickens.  We are calling them Naked Necks but you see the mix. Turkens grow to full size in 5-7 months, start laying at about 6 months. Size varies 4-10 pounds. Most are smaller than the meatie, with an above average breast. (one of the best for meat among layer breeds) They are solid layers laying 5-7 eggs per week in summer, less in winter

Friendly, charming, unique. Take a look. Thanks to a mutation that happened in Transylvania in 1770s, they have no feathers on the neck. This makes them look funky, cool and often truly beautiful.

See the article on my blog about the history and vitality of the Naked Necks: https://antifragilechicken.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/transylvanian-naked-necks-have-history-more-enthralling-than-the-legend/

 

#3 Bresse BraggerX-

The world’s best tasting chicken is the Bresse. The French protected this bird for more than a century, but we got ours through Greenfire Farms through local friends. Many reviewers have concluded that the Bresse of France is as delicious as advertised. The baby birds would be full, 1/2 or 1/4 American Bresse.  The other portions are also known and include Jersey Giant or Americana. They lay about 5 eggs per week in summer.

Read the fascinating history of La Bresse here:

https://antifragilechicken.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/la-bresse-the-worlds-tastiest-chickens-or-just-the-best-moms/

 

#4 MendoStein Buddy Birds

 

These are the most friendly and brightest of our birds. The differential between the average and the smartest is huge! These are smaller birds and likely to be excellent layers.

 

 

Baby Chicks $5 each on day three straight run

For $10 each also offer rooster return service and one free visit to evaluate your farm and identify potential problems.  (minimum five chicks for the visit) .

 

What is rooster return service?

You bring chicks back later and get your money back- or an exchange (if available).  In the alternative, you grow them up, bring them over and we will also slaughter and process the rooster for you,  cut up and frozen (or fresh) and ready to eat.

 

We are in the process of being NPIP certified.  However, we have tested many times for the NPIP pathogens and NEVER found any here. We follow all their protocols. We will be doing more random tests.

I also have all my chickens who die tested at UC Davis.  The last report shows no pathogens and we tested for Salmonella, Campylobacter, Pullorum, plus fungal infections, lead and other possible issues.  All negative.  (heart attack was the cause of death in big CornishX roosters)

Meet the parents Noyo Naked Neck Wine Barrel flock

 

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Head hen of the flock Full Silver Laced Wyandotte Molly Brownie-  Molly has tons of personality and makes the prettiest babies on the farm.  They have also been wonderful dual purpose chickens, laying great and having nice body structure and wonderful vitality.

Her babies will be easily recognized from the colors they have at birth and their attitude!

Mad Whitey.JPGThe dad of this flock is Mad Whitey, son of our HUGE white rock Mighty Whitey and Mad Max, whose parents were among our finest chickens, he was half Americana.  Read more about the Naked neck below.  Mad Whitey weighs 11 pounds and ALMOST NEVER CROWS.

Its not for lack of testosterone, based on his busy sex life.  He is as good a meat chicken as most CornishX, with a large breast and great body shape.  Until I clipped his wings he was sleeping 20 feet off the ground in the trees.  NOT such a great idea BIG guy!  He is very gentle both with hens and humans.  I had to painfully cull and eat many inferior naked necks before Mad Whitey, now Im glad I waited…

fifionnest.JPGThis full blooded Bresse is on the nest with about a dozen eggs you can order.  Read about the Bresse below.  ITs the world’s best tasting chicken.  She originated with Greenfire Farms and came thorough local friends.  Wonderful steady layer and also well shaped for meat.

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MZ Bball is the oldest hen in this flock being about 3 and raised here from a feed store baby.  She weighs 9 pounds and is a steady layer of very large eggs.  She is very subdued and about midway down the pecking order despite being the elder.  She is shy but wily and a wonderful chicken who seems to meditate most of the day.  She is a full blooded Jersey Giant.

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Ms Marmalade is very exciting to me. I can’t wait to see her young.  Her grandfather was our much beloved CornishX patriarch Big Tex, who defied every stereotype of CornishX and lived 18 months, with much sadness here when he died of a heart attack one day way out in the pasture.   Big Tex mated with a smallish Golden Sex Link, producing a hen, who mated with a Red Ranger Rooster.  She lays well, but not as well as the others here.  She weighs 10 pounds and is full of vitality.

Newhampshire.JPGFull blood New Hampshire hen beauty, not yet laying at just under 5 months old, purchased at Hwy 20 Feed.  She should compete with most as a layer.  New Hampshires are also excellent meat chickens.   They were the winner crossed with Cornish in the great competition of the 1940s that led to the modern meat chicken.  .

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The bottom hen is lovely MZ BB.  Above her is a half Jersey Giant (dad) and half plymouth rock.  She lays great but is smallish for a meat chicken.

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Born here, this hen had two full TURKEN parents.  Read about the Naked Neck below.  The babies will be very easily recognized.  Decent layers, extraordinary personalities and good meats if you wish.  Sleeping unauthorized in the repurposed wine barrow.

 

My chickens are part of solution to global warming, not the problem

Terrible lies of omission were told at the global warming conference in Paris about my chickens.  We are squawking RED HOT about this!

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THESE TWO MEAT BIRD LADIES ARE SMARTER THAN PEOPLE WHO SAY MEAT IS BAD FOR THE EARTH.  THEY ARE SMART FORAGERS WHO EAT FOOD ALREADY THERE AND MAKE MORE (BUGS AND PLANTS) WITH THEIR POOP. HERE, AN OLDER HEN CAME TO SHOW THE YOUNGER ONE HATCHING.  THOSE WHO MISUNDERSTAND AGRICULTURE FAIL TO COUNT ALL THE WAYS THAT ANIMALS RECYCLE, CREATE AND FACILITATE TILLAGE ARE LYING TO YOU. THESE HENS COULD TEACH OBAMA A LOT ABOUT USE AND REUSE OF CARBON ON A FARM.

The whole recent Paris event and the issue of global warming as reported is a total crock of corporate public relations. I am so sick to death of “don’t eat meat” as one of the big takeaways that the idiot mainstream media provided from Paris.  The idea that removing animals from agriculture can work shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how farming works and should work, not just by the media but by the science and environmental community.  The entire system needs change.  Adding more solar and sorting your trash help, sure. But this little stuff  distorts and ignores the cause and the solution.duck.JPG

THIS DUCK WANTS TO BE ONE OF MY HAPPY MEAT BIRDS. THESE CHICKENS WOULD LIVE LIVES OF MISERY IF RAISED BY INDUSTRY. PLUS, LOTS OF CARBON WOULD BE WASTED TRUCKING THEM AROUND.  HERE, THEY ARE HAPPY, GOOD FOOD FOR YOU, THEMSELVES AND THE PLANET.

Here is the truth.

Global warming is caused almost entirely by the endless consumption- free trade- growth economy. All political systems know this type of economy can’t work in the long run, but none are willing to suggest any reduction in growth, no reduction in appalling waste, no efforts whatsoever to reduce transportation waste.  If the market allows a chicken to be sent to China, processed, sent back to USA and shipped all over, that’s fine, despite the phenomenal carbon cost.  That cost needs to be taxed in.  Growth needs to be reigned in.  The only thing that never stops growing is cancer, my friend Ted Tanner reminded me after reading this article.

It can be turned back only by reducing consumption, reversing growth and going back to old fashioned farm living where animals and plants and humans work together without much outside input.

Instead we find inoffensive little things people can do, like eating your vegetables based on how much carbon they sequester.  And not realizing that cattle, chickens and pigs play a key role in tillage and “naturally” fertilizing plants (much more natural than carbon producing and toxic chemicals used in industrial farming).   They propose taking animals out of agriculture without having the slightest idea on the incredibly symbiotic role pasture cows play with pasture, the way chickens eat bugs, fertilize the soil and create even more insects in old fashioned agriculture.

Ok you are saying, I subscribed to a chicken blog. What does global warming have to do with chickens.? EVERYTHING. This article will shortly be entirely about a world where eating locally raised meat chickens can be at the heart of saving the world. Don’t chicken out just yet.

What is the cause of global warming and most wars?

It is the consumption economy. It is the idea that the economy must get bigger by a factor of 1 to 5 percent every year. Every nation’s economy. Or simply; spend, spend, expand and expand.   Get to every corner of the world and finagle their resources so our people can eat more garbage food, buy cheap crap from China at Walmart and throw it away in 6 months.  The coast is unearthing tons of natural resources, running thousands of factories belching smoke and drinking petrol. All to make disposable products that used to be durable products.  All to create food using billions of barrels of oil instead of traditional pasture symbiosis between plants and animals.

It’s a nasty, selfish way to live by definition. No thought to the future is included in it. Food is part poison.  Humans are isolated from their food production, their impact on the earth and their wastes to the point they think it all happens by magic.

The modern growth economy has getting much nastier every year since about 1980. The rich get richer is part of it and the poor get poorer. Prior to 1800, all mankind lived for 10,000 years in a mostly zero growth economic system. True, people had a LOT less. The 19th century was a very slow growth economy where people believed in saving and the principle of waste not- want not.

That went out the window after WWII. Conservatism ended too as a meaningful force. Waste not, want not was banished from the national political dialogue. The GOP switched from being against foreign wars and shipping jobs overseas to being the primary advocate of both.

Our world exists on the following principle, buy, buy, buy and throw away and buy some more. The buying creates more stuff and more money. Make lots of money and spend it all on credit, is the theme, both for individuals and nations. Now, that has grown to a free trade world where every country expects to have way too much stuff and grow every year.

If a country grows at the conservative rate of 3 percent per year, the entire economy will double in 24 years. Then it grows exponentially!

That means we would be using twice the amount of energy in two decades, as would every other nation. That is where we are headed. There is not that much energy in the world, even with solar panels and eating veggies instead of beef cows.

The Democrats have paradoxically hitched all their progressive visions to the growth economy.  Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton embraced Ronald Reagan, George Bush and NAFTA in one of the most disgusting visions of hegemony ever. Both parties are the enemies of the future folks, as is Wall Street. Al Gore tells us all about global warming but HE ALWAYS SUPPORTED LIMITLESS FREE TRADE.  WTF??????

Reagan-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Gore’s NAFTA replaced traditional Mexican farm economies with gigantic scaled American operations and a drug selling economy.  Obama and Jerry Brown push for solar and wind, while fully supporting endless consumption and free trade.  Do they really want to change the direction of global warming? I say because they don’t put growth on the table to slow down and industrial farming on the table for reform, the answer is NO. Democrats are as worthless as Republicans for leading us to the future. Doubter?  I say even if you are fool enough to doubt global warming, go ahead forget about it, but be a real conservative, don’t waste your children’s future by walking through that door at Walmart or filling up your basket at Amazon.

The Democrats and the PETA folks and the rest promoting not eating beef as the solution to climate change need to go back and review Physics 101 and The Conservation of Matter.  The only way mankind is contributing to Climate Change is by digging up stored carbon in oil and other mined materials and turning it loose in the form of pollution.  This includes use of chemical and petrol in industrial farming.  There is no creation of matter in biodynamic farming! The GOP needs to go to OZ and ask the Wizard for a brain.  There are no conservatives today, no traditional value Americans. We get HorseTrump about gays and such, but no real values from the right.  And there are no liberals other than Greens and maybe Bernie, only phony neo-libs who believe in conquering the world in the name of peace.

The leaders of our world of all political parties, including the new Golden Boy in Canada follows the following illogical conundrum.

  1. Everybody (both parties) agree that we have to have at least 3 percent growth. All say we have to have free trade, meaning everybody else is growing just as fast.   Nobody anywhere can propose limiting growth.
  2. HOWEVER. Almost everybody also agrees that growth must have limits. That’s the whole theme of global warming and environmental degradation. There are no true conservatives anywhere, or they would human enough to say…slow down… conserve for the future.

Bernie Sanders says some of this, but he doesn’t propose changing the growth economy, so he does not go far enough as the only conservative in the political race. (He gets more points because he favors limiting wars, another conservative principle shared by Rand Paul.  Bernie is the first guy to have spoken about reality in any recent election, to doubt free trade.  But we need everybody to be to the left of Bernie, that is more conservative and more traditional.

Number 1 totally contradicts number 2. Nobody can say growth must go despite the facts. We talk like we will have to find another PLANET someday because the growth economy will consume this one.   What an idiot fantasy!

Do with less! Do things locally!

I’ll show how a local slow growth economy can greatly reduce war, environmental degradation and global warming. Here is the point where my meat chickens come in to help save the world!

One of the sins of industrial farming was secretive creation of a gigantic, sickly meat chicken that they feed the world. And yes, it feeds the world now. But we could do it better.

Here is the important point:

The monster industrial chicken produces more energy and uses less carbon than any agricultural animal… It’s already figuring HUGE in saving the world from starvation. HUGE is the word for this chicken.

The industrial chicken that grows to its Frankensteinish full size in 6 weeks, nuking its own legs and often remaining miserable and stationery. They are literally peeping baby chicks with mammoth bodies when they are slaughtered for your dinner. The ridicously shoddy breeding that has produced them gives them all weak hearts. They breathe hard and their combs turn purple from congestive heart failure.

They are secret, neglected and locked away from the news media and eating public. If you had the chance to meet one like I do every day, you would find them gentle, sweet and even rather smart. If you read the scanty corporate produced literature on them, their corporate masters call them dirty, stupid and unable to survive on their own.  More than 10 billion of them live and die every year on earth.  They have quickly surpassed all other farm animals in importance as the world’s number one protein source.

No self-respecting, illiterate hillbilly farmer of old would ever have thought of breeding any animals whose legs often break and whose hearts are weak. They just weren’t that mean and they had pride in their animals. They would be embarrassed if the chicken they made had to struggle to live natural lives.

Corporate persons normally can’t blush and simply don’t have natural ethics that exist in every living being on earth, including insects. Yet, their genetic monstrosity could also be humanity’s opportunity to not just feed itself, but also recreate healthy local economies.

But I found out their secret monster given a few more weeks of life becomes a real chicken, slowing down in growth and learning to deal with its body. I raise them out back. They eat bugs, grass and natural foods for 1/3 to 2/3 of their diet depending on the season. Give access to green pasture, they will eat that for ¾ of their diet all year round. They exercise every day and get bigger than the industrial chicken. (you can meet them if you don’t believe me. You might not believe what you see!). I breed them too. The industry says this is impossible. Industry does not share its latest, or even recent meat birds with the public. But what they share is enough to beat them at their own game.

Currently, we have to buy our chicks in this country through the mail, preloaded with horrible diseases. Almost all come with Marek’s disease (a whole separate blog story there), bacterial sticky butt and perhaps salmonella or campylobacter.

I am currently breeding and hatching my own strain of meat chickens. They grow a little slower but are much healthier for you and themselves than any from a hatchery. Packed conditions are very bad in terms of disease, as is global scale. My chickens are much stronger. Hybrid strength is real. So is the genetic strength of the original chickens, such as the Malay, which we have bred into our meat chickens. This adds thousands of genes to the inbred meat chicken.

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INDUSTRY SAYS THEIR MEAT BIRDS CAN’T BREED. I AM HERE TO SHOW HOW GOOD THE HYBIRDS CAN BE.  (OK, THEY ARE A LITTLE MUDDY TODAY)

Small towns can take these locally bred meat chickens and raise them free range and natural. Industry already has bred it to have this amazing feed ratio that makes it nearly carbon neutral. But their birds eat grains trucked in (using carbon). They are too close together, sick and stressed, creating new strains of deadly diseases. When slaughtered, they are transported. When sold at grocery, they are transported again, sometimes across the world. This has a ridiculously high carbon cost. Oil is burned in every trip. Instead, sell the chickens on the farm. Instead of buying trucked in industrial grain, let them eat from your yard and buy/trade from your neighbor. Joel Salatin, a rare smart and wise man of our times, points out that prior to the growth era, there were no supermarkets. Where was the food? On the farms!!

To have this kind of chicken economy, every small town should have a laboratory, or access to a great state lab like UC Davis for California. The USDA and farm advisers should be retrained and repurposed for local farming to remove industry brainwashing. (Another whole blog).

People should learn to trade again, as farmers do and have always done. Grow some oregano for my chickens, sell some and Ill give you some chickens. (It’s as effective as antibiotics and more than probiotics.) Farmers with cows can produce probiotic rich sour milk for chickens and people too, at least in time.

You see, we can take this Frankenchicken away from these Vaderish industrial “farming” monstrosities and raise it naturally to empower small towns in in a new era.

American small towns essentially saved the world 1900-1945. Europe had grown too fast, become too impersonal and proceeded to commit suicide- twice.

We had small banks, small towns and genuine economic power. We don’t anymore. But we could get it back. Europe once had local, agrarian economies too.

Instead of having a “fix global warming” conference in Paris and then spend the whole time working around the reason for global warming, let’s have a series of different conferences.

Number one is doing with less.

Number two is how to create local economies.

Number three is how to tax predators like Walmart out of business. I propose a $1 per mile tax on all goods for all food and retail outlets for all shipping over 100 miles. Stuff needs to be made and consumed at home. And we need like 1/10th the stuff we have.

Some corporations we want to be big, like oil, or computers to cover the liability and research.

Number 4 would be to recreate local manufacturing and local economic strength. Single Payer insurance would be the first step. Then I could hire people and not worry about the primary killer of local startups- workman’s comp. The $1 per mile tax would allow local manufacturing again. Currently if I invent and manufacture something, somebody will rip it off, make it in China and ship to US for less than the cost of raw materials. This has stifled American creativity.

Number 5 is to wrench the USDA away from industry and educate people about the fact that Salatin-style old fashioned farming is actually a view of the future as much as the past.   Industrial farming with all its carbon based trucking and its removal of both plants and animals from natural systems of carbon recycling is a view of the apocalypse.  We need studies of how we can feed the world by converting to sustainable farming.

Lots of people returning to the occupations of the past? Don’t laugh. Change is coming. Growth’s limits say so.

Rather than dwell on the already documented horrors of corporate chicken farming, I hope to launch a nationwide army of small chicken growers to feed America. The world? Many are already doing this, mostly in the UK.

After the current era of endless free trade and its brother— imperialism and war ends. Its sooner than you think.  The inheritance economy will go.

The New York Times in early Dec. 2015 published the only piece I have ever seen on growth versus no growth and even degrowth. The newspaper naturally concludes we can’t go back to a world without growth.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/business/economy/imagining-a-world-without-growth.html?_r=0

They are wrong that we can’t reverse growth. Mathematics says we have to. Civilization will do what is HAS to do to survive. The Times is also are dead wrong about saying that wars are caused by zero growth economies. The article says the only way to get ahead in that kind of system is to attack your neighbors. Hilariously in its errant nature, the Times tells us that TRADE provided a peaceful alternative. First of all, trade existed in all economies   Second, many, many wars have been caused by trade disputes, perhaps more than trade has prevented.

So get rid of free trade, not by protectionism but by empowering local economies in very specific ways. Let computers and cars and other necessary compete worldwide. Make it impossible for food or wasteful consumer items to do so.

That brings us back to eating meat. . Home raised chickens in my view are great at taking raw soil and convert the bugs and “weeds” into fertile ground for veggies that does not need chemical fertilizers. .Cows? Ok, let me finish with a criticique of the twisted anti-meat take on global warming Cattle, which turn grass into protein are named as a primary cause of global warming. Yes, their stomachs emit gasses from this process. But if this carbon conversion did not occur here, it would occur somewhere else. Instead it happens in the fields, the place where their manure as protein creates wonderful vegetable foods of all kinds. Humans eat kale and it would decompose and release gasses.  In the bizarre world of global warming accounting, one kind of carbon counts and another does not. We all make impacts on this earth and we are all responsible for our own waste, impact and legacy. Let’s be wise.

I had to redo this blog after I picked up Joel Salatin’s “Folks this aint normal”.

“In a desire to get rid of the cow, they want to substitute plants that require tillage. No long term example exists in which tillage is sustainable. It always requires injection of biomass outside the system (like chemical fertilizers) or a soil development pasture cycle. to think that plants which require tillage can build soil like perennial pasture indicates environmental absurdity”  8th Salinen Page 21.

Raise your food locally. Buy from local farmers off the farm. Doing so will make it possible for the farmers to lower their prices over time.

I spent 20 years as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. I am taking courses on microbiology, poultry nutrition and genetics to make my dream for the clean local meat chicken a reality. Please support me by subscribing to this blog (it’s free). With enough subscribers, I can get a book contract!

Also, next year, I plan to sell locally raised meat birds. I have been selling meat chickens until now, but this is something new- my own line of hybrids.  If I can get some help I have applied for on the hatching device, plus find a way to go through the NPIP process to be able to check on diseases. I HOPE to sell them $5 each as chicks and then offer to slaughter them and process them after they are fully grown for $5 each.