Avian Flu Forces 4-H Kids to Show Stuffed Toys in Lieu of Live Chickens

The Midwest is currently dealing with a big outbreak of avian flu among poultry populations. Officials have taken a number of precautions, including banning birds from fairs in Minnesota. Which means that kids raising chickens for 4-H competitions at county fairs have been forced to get creative. » 8/10/15 3:00pm 8/10/15 3:00pm

Urban Farmers Abandoning Hundreds of Fashion Chickens

Well, it looks like the bloom is off the stanking urban yard-chickens! Animal shelters across the country are reportedly receiving hundreds of abandoned chickens from disillusioned amateur farmers who've recently realized that "hens lay eggs for two years, but can live for a good decade longer, and that actually… » 7/08/13 4:30pm 7/08/13 4:30pm

Awesomely Weird Herman Cain Ad Warns Americans They'll Get Pecked to Death by Chickens

Former Presidential Candidate and alleged serial ladygrabber Herman Cain's been on a bit of a media blitz lately. First, he appeared on Fox News to inform viewers that men like Mitt Romney because they're more informed about policy than "other people" (psst: women!). Now, a TV commercial that uses the bizarre… » 4/12/12 11:40am 4/12/12 11:40am

Orthodox Jews Debate Chicken-Swinging Ritual

In the Yom Kippur tradition of kaparot, some Orthodox Jews swing a live chicken above their heads, then slaughter it, often donating the meat to charity. But some now say the practice is inhumane. Rabbi Meir Hirsch says the chickens "spend all day in the sun without food or drink" before their deaths. He adds, "You… » 10/06/11 5:05pm 10/06/11 5:05pm