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Show No. 73: Backyard Chickens and Hatcheries

October 27, 2009

Animal Matters is a weekly radio program on KZFR 90.1 in Chico, CA. Sarah Downs, your weekly host, discusses topics regarding the creatures who share their planet with us. You’ll hear interviews, information, and opinions from your host and the listeners in the Chico area. Tune in to KZFR 90.1 in Chico or every Tuesday at 5:30pm.

These are the sites in which I obtained my information for today’s program:

Here is the most recent undercover investigation footage, released by Mercy for Animals:

The Egg Industry:

Factory Egg Production:

Eggs and Your Health:

Egg Production and the Environment:

Egg replacers:

Free range eggs:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2009 2:22 pm


    I regret that I only caught the first half of your show about backyard chickens. A lot of good information (depressing though it might have been). What I missed, which I hope you were able to include in the second half, were responsible ways to acquire laying hens to feed a family of four and help with insect control and provide compost for the garden (3-5 birds). Is there a good source in Chico?


  2. October 29, 2009 2:36 pm

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for the comment! You’re the second listener to comment on this blog, and I’ve been doing the show for over a year, so I appreciate it!

    I, being the person that I am (an animal rights activist) could not recommend a place to purchase chickens. However, if you’re interested, Farm Sanctuary (in Orland) always has hens up for adoption. You’d have to fill out an application ( first, but if you promise to take the girls to the vet, not breed them, not sell their eggs, provide them with proper housing and keep them safe from predators, you will probably get approved. In other words, you’d have to do a better job than the folks mentioned in the article.

    I would definitely recommend that route instead of purchasing chicks, because, as the article mentions, you may end up with roosters which are illegal in Chico. Plus, you’d be doing a good thing for us and for our egg laying girls, too.


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