Spring 2017 Poultry Press NEXT
Bookmark and Share
“Let Them Eat Chicken,” Audubon
“I find this article very insensitive to the chickens.”
– Karen Davis, Audubon, Winter 2016, p. 11.

Daniel Coady, head of the poultry operation at White Oak Pastures, walks the farm at dusk to collect the remnants of chickens torn apart by eagles. Photo: Bryan Meltz
Photo: Bryan Meltz

A response to “Let Them Eat Chicken,” Audubon, Fall 2016. “Dozens of Bald Eagles are flocking to an organic farm in Georgia each winter to dine on an all-you-can-eat buffet of pasture-raised chicken. What’s a sustainable farmer to do?”

There is nothing natural about a wide-open expanse of land for chickens – they evolved in the tropical rainforest and, despite all the problems our species has bred into them physically, their “wild” nature is intact. Let a fox or a hawk appear and they put up a huge commotion and rush under the trees and bushes. Looking at these photographs, there is no way a hen (especially these rather heavy-bodied brown hens) could escape an overhead predator fast enough in all that open space.

I find this article very insensitive to the chickens and what they’re experiencing as a result of the situation they have been forced into by their keepers. Where are the trees and bushes? These are essential elements for chickens and the environment they need to thrive.

KAREN DAVIS, President
United Poultry Concerns
Machipongo, VA

Spring 2017 Poultry Press NEXT