Joy of Chickens and Gratitude for Our Work!

Photos of wild chickens in the Cayman Islands by Davida G. Breier

Dear UPC,

I’m an avid subscriber to your magazine and would like to say thanks for your tireless work on the well-being of poultry. I stopped eating chicken around 30 years ago out of disgust for their horrific treatment, even before I switched to a plant-based diet 25 years ago.

Recently, my wife and I have come to appreciate chickens as a very interesting and enjoyable species. We moved to an estate in Singapore three years ago, where a sizable population of chickens freely roam. We understand that the chickens on our estate are the wild red jungle fowl endemic in Southeast Asia; they are not descendants of birds who have escaped captivity.

My wife and I are enjoying their presence in our lives, the crowing in the morning (sometimes VERY early), their broods and the concern of the cocks for “their” hens, the clutches of chicks and the mothering hens, and the occasional cock fights. A few weeks ago, we witnessed with delight an amazing demonstration of physical fitness by a rooster when he flew high up into the huge ficus tree in front of our house, and then proudly announced his achievement to anyone who cared to listen to his crowing.

Often when I watch our chickens, I think of UPC. You are so right in caring for the wellbeing of these amazing birds.

Thank you!

-Martin Henz, December 15, 2021

Photos of wild chickens in the Cayman Islands by Davida G. Breier
Photos of wild chickens in the Cayman Islands by Davida G. Breier