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German Farmer Caught Faking Free-Range Chickens


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‘Free range’ chickens were just conventional birds with a fancy label

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A German farmer has been passing off conventional birds as organic, free-range poultry for years.

A free-range label can make a customer feel good about purchasing ethically-sourced meat, but customers don’t necessarily know what’s really going on behind that label, and recently a major producer of “free range” chickens has admitted to selling conventional birds for years.

According to The Local, a farmer who raised chickens for Neuland—a major brand of organic and free-range meat—has recently admitted to just raising and slaughtering chickens according to conventional farming practices for years. Still, his birds were slapped with the Neuland label and sold on shelves to thousands of unwitting customers. The meat was reportedly sold at restaurants and butcher shops around Germany, and was even served at cafeterias at Google.

Neuland’s member farmers are supposed to commit to providing animals with spacious and well-lit environments. The animals are supposed to be fed only organic, local grains and eventually slaughtered humanely. Vets supposedly check in on farms regularly to make sure the standards are being upheld, but supposedly this one chicken farmer got through and Neuland’s inspectors never found out.

The farmer has allegedly made hundreds of thousands of euros by selling his birds as the more expensive Neuland birds over the past five years, but Neuland managing director Jochen Dettmer says the company was closing loopholes and tightening the inspection system to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“We are reforming our control mechanisms to act faster and go deeper,” he said.


Building A Chicken Run (And Why I Hate Free Range Chickens)

I hate free range chickens. There. I said it. Let the stoning begin.

But first, perhaps I should clarify.

Let's just say that I lived out in the middle of a seventy three acre pasture. In said pasture, there was nothing but native grasses, and perhaps one bovine. I lived in a hut with no surrounding neighbors, cars, roads, gardens, animals, or landscaping.

In that scenario, I probably wouldn't hate free range chickens. But, as these things go, that is not the scenario we're in.

Free ranging sounds pretty, doesn't it? Do you picture chickens grazing amongst the clover, in the sunshine – green meadow, blue sky- with rainbows shooting out of their wing tips? Ya. I know. I did too.

… but that ain't reality, my friend. Especially on a working farm. Thus, the chicken run.

See how she's turning away from me? The snob.


Here’s a short story from the The Old Farmer’s Almanac archives about supplying information to a German spy. It’s all true.

A German Spy Is Caught with the Almanac

The FBI apprehended a German spy on a train going into New York City’s Penn Station sometime during 1942.

The spy had landed on Long Island from a U-boat the night before. In the German’s coat pocket was the 1942 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Who knows? (Maybe they liked the jokes.) But the U.S. government speculated that the Germans might be using it for the weather forecasts. In other words, the Almanac was supplying valuable information to the enemy!

Robb Sagendorph, the eleventh editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, was always of the opinion that it was the tide tables the Germans had used. “Then again,” he’d usually add, “maybe it was the forecasts. After all, the Germans went on to lose the war.”

How Did We Save the Almanac?

In any event, Sagendorph managed to get the government to agree that there would be no violation of the “Code of Wartime Practices for the American Press” if the Almanac featured weather indications rather than forecasts.

It was a close call that almost ruined the Almanac’s perfect record of continuous publication.

Enjoy another “best of Almanac” story from the archives: Predicting Snow for the Summer of 1816.


3 Important Tips for Hugelkultur Raised Beds

After one year with our Hugel beds, this is what I learned…

  1. Wood base: Logs are MUCH preferred over wood chips as a base for hugelkultur raised beds.
  2. Soil depth: The top layer of soil in a hugelkultur raised bed should be at LEAST as deep as the wood base.
  3. Nitrogen levels: Nitrogen deficiency can be amended over time by adding certain materials and by growing nitrogen fixing plants.

The beds in which we violated one or both of the first two tips (especially tip #1) were the beds that suffered.


10 things to know about Livestock Guardian dogs (especially Anatolian Shepherds)

1. They are only for experienced owners who are willing to invest the time it takes to train them. It will require time and effort, but in the end you’ll be rewarded with an excellent livestock guardian dog.

2. They need a job. If you don’t give them something to do, they will find something to do. Believe me, it probably won’t be something you want them to do.

3. They bark at night. A lot. If you live close to neighbors who are not dog lovers, you may want to reconsider.

4. They need space or a secure enclosure. Give your livestock guardian dog a wide area to explore or a very secure fence, or both. Be ready: this dog will find a way to escape. Some farmers even attach a club to the dog’s collar to keep him from going over or through fences.

5. They can be dangerous. This is a working dog, a guard dog. Train every member of your family to respect the dog’s nature, especially when it comes to their food or their guarded livestock. When Mudge has a bone, he terrifies even me. I’ve taken to giving him bones only in his pen and never around others dogs or children.

6. They will probably require brief use of a shock collar. In my opinion, it’s a must-have until the dog is fully trained.

7. They should be close to but separated from livestock until fully trained. Make sure to keep the dog penned next to your flock or herd until he has bonded with them and understands his boundaries. He may not intentionally injure a chicken or goat, but his enormous size makes it a possibility.

8. They need to socialize with all members of the family, including pets. Remember, this dog’s purpose is to protect your flock. He will perceive your pet as a threat unless you teach them to be friends.

9. They adapt easily to extreme temperatures. Mudge even seems to enjoy frigid winter weather! This dog is second only to the Husky in cold hardiness.

10. They will be an amazing addition to your homestead. Mudge is sweet and loving, easy going, and takes his job seriously. He protects both livestock and owners.

There was definitely a rough patch of about six months when we weren’t sure what we had gotten into and wondered if we’d made a huge mistake, but in the end we’re thrilled to have Mudge on our homestead. He has turned into an excellent livestock guardian dog, and we can’t imagine homesteading without him!

Do you have a livestock guardian dog? What are the challenges you’ve faced? What do you love about your dog?


Our farms

I’ve read bad things about male chicks. What happens at Nellie's?

To fully answer your important question about male chicks, we’d like to explain a little bit about how our farms work.

We are deeply committed to how our free range hens are treated from the day they are born. We take ownership of our hens when they are delivered to us at 16 or so weeks old. Prior to joining us at our farms, these hens are hatched at a hatchery and raised by small family farms in free range pullet houses. The hatcheries that supply our hens are operated by companies ISA/Hendrix and HY-line, which own the rights to the genetics. These hybrid breeds have been developed especially for egg-laying productivity and it is what makes commercial egg farming possible at the prices consumers currently enjoy. We do not currently have the resources or expertise to produce our own breed of egg laying hens, which is why we have chosen to work with these hatcheries.

Once the chicks are hatched, they are sorted by gender. The female chicks will become egg laying hens and are transported at one day old to the pullet house. Unfortunately, there is no role for male chickens in egg farming. Male chickens from laying breeds are not suitable for meat because they mature very slowly. Additionally, even in a free range environment, a rooster’s tendency to fight would create a terrible, inhumane environment for hens. So, given that there is no viable market for the male chicks, the hatcheries euthanize them. To do this, the hatcheries use one of the practices recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association. We do not have control over which practice they use and it varies depending on the hatchery. We wish that there was an alternative, but there currently are no hatcheries available to us that produce chicks without male chick culling.

All this being said, we do not believe that we can stand by idly and pass the blame onto hatcheries. They are producing chicks for farmers like us, so we must own some of the responsibility for current practices. As part of our commitment to the humane treatment of hens from the very beginning of their life, we are serious about doing our part: we have spoken with company leaders at the hatcheries and advocated for the end of male chick culling. The hatchery/hen genetics industry is very consolidated with only a few companies worldwide. They are headquartered in Europe where there has been much greater political will to force change - for example, the German government has stated that male chick culling will be phased out in Germany over the coming years. Germany, the Netherlands, and the European Union, in partnership with the hatchery parent companies, are providing financial support to various university research efforts occurring in Europe. There are several in-egg technologies to sex the eggs, which are rapidly progressing in testing. We maintain contact with researchers at the University of Leipzig, Germany and Project In Ovo in the Netherlands and plan to offer financial support to them. Their work is focused on commercializing a prototype in-egg sexing technique.

In addition to working with researchers, we are working to partner with nonprofits, such as Compassion in World Farming, to support their efforts around this issue. We are also partnering with Unilever, who has taken a leadership role on this issue, to coordinate efforts and bring positive change to the United States. Commercializing the technology and bringing it to the U.S. is going to require a team effort and we are taking a leadership role in this effort.

While we cannot change the entire egg industry at once, we are committed to building a sustainable business at a scale large enough to create meaningful progress in the way laying hens are raised and treated in the U.S. Currently, over 90% of eggs consumed in the U.S. are produced in horrific caged environments.

We are optimistic that as consumers become more interested in how our food is produced, we will continue to see improvements in the humane and ethical treatment of farm animals from their first day to their last.

How many family farms do you work with? Where are they located?

We have over 40 independent, family owned and operated farms in our network. These are small, free range farms usually run by two parents and their kids. We are very proud of the fact that our company can provide a realistic living for those families that still want to farm in a world of industrial scale agriculture. Our network currently spans the Northeast and Midwest, and we’re always expanding our reach. You can find a map of our partner farms here.

May I visit one of your small family farms?

Our partner farmers hold tours at their farms throughout the warmer months, and we would love to have you join one! Click here to see if there are any upcoming farm tours in your area.

What happens to the hens when they are too old to lay eggs?

We have put a lot of critical thought and research into the best way to address our hens at the end of their laying days. There are several options to consider.

First, we could keep them ourselves. In order to feed and house our retired laying hens for the remainder of their lives, we estimate that the cost of a dozen eggs would be at least $12.00 at the shelf. We feel that this would not be affordable for our consumers. Additionally, it would prevent us from achieving our broader aim of building a sustainable business at a scale large enough to create meaningful change for the way laying hens are raised and treated in the U.S.

The next option is adoption. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find a way to make this work either. We have found that there is some interest locally in adopting hens, but not nearly enough for us to move several thousand hens in time for the new flock to arrive.

Our last option is for the hens to be sold for food. Even this option is not without difficulty because laying hens have far less meat than broiler hens who are bred specifically for that. Many commercial egg laying hens are simply euthanized and landfilled at the end of laying, and as farmers, that seems terribly wasteful to us. So, while we know some consumers will be unhappy to learn that our hens go on to be used for food, we do feel that it’s the most responsible thing to do.

At the end of a flock’s natural laying cycle, we contract with several poultry transportation and processing companies to purchase our birds. These companies send trained and certified humane handling poultry crews to our farms to pick up the hens. At this point, the hens belong to that company, but we have worked with them to ensure that our birds are going to acceptable follow-on markets.

There are currently two main markets for our birds, each receiving about half of the overall quantity. One is live poultry markets where consumers are able to select live birds for consumption. The other is a US federally inspected processing plant that specializes in processing “light poultry,” including laying hens. This plant uses the latest technology to ensure the hens are quickly and humanely slaughtered. For consumers who want eggs from hens that are never slaughtered, we understand our eggs will not be a suitable option. We encourage these consumers to raise their own hens for which there are excellent resources available online.

While it’s important for us to continue to move the bar on humane egg production, we also feel that it’s important to remember that over 90% of eggs consumed in the U.S. are produced in horrific caged environments. For those hens, their best day is the day when they are finally put out of their misery. We believe Adele Douglass, the founder of Certified Humane, said it best: “our hens only have one bad day.”


Contents

A group of chickens live on an egg farm run by the Tweedys. They try to escape frequently, but are always caught. Frustrated at the minuscule and declining profits that the farm generates, Mrs. Tweedy conceives an idea of converting the farm to automated production and having a pie machine to turn the chickens into meat pies. One day, the chickens' leader, Ginger, witnesses a rooster named Rocky Rhodes crash-land in the farm the chickens put a cast on his injured wing and hide him from the Tweedys. Interested in Rocky's apparent flying abilities, Ginger begs him to help teach her and the chickens to fly. Rocky gives them training lessons while Mr. Tweedy builds the pie machine. Later, Rocky holds a party when his wing is healed, and Ginger insists he demonstrate flying the next day, but Mr. Tweedy finishes making the pie machine and puts Ginger in it for a test run. Rocky saves her and inadvertently sabotages the machine, giving them time to warn the others of the Tweedys' plans and only a short time to escape.

The next day, Ginger finds Rocky has fled, leaving behind part of a poster that reveals he was a stunt rooster, fired from a cannon and unable to fly himself, depressing her and the others. Elderly rooster Fowler tries to cheer them up by telling stories of his time as a mascot in the Royal Air Force, giving Ginger the idea to create a plane to flee the farm. The chickens assemble parts for the plane as Mr. Tweedy fixes the machine. Mrs. Tweedy insists Mr. Tweedy gather all the chickens for the machine, but when he comes in, the chickens attack him, leaving him bound and gagged as they finish the plane. Rocky returns and joins them, but while they are taking off, Mrs. Tweedy chases them and climbs up a strand of Christmas lights snagged by the plane. Ginger races to sever it she succeeds, sending Mrs. Tweedy into the pie machine and causing a gravy explosion. The chickens continue their flight until they find an island, where they enjoy their freedom and Ginger and Rocky start a relationship.

    as Ginger, a hen who is determined to protect her fellow chickens from their impending doom on the Tweedys' farm. She is usually the one that comes up with ideas and is generally more intelligent than the other chickens. as Rocky Rhodes, a laid-back American circus rooster who crash-lands on the farm and teaches the chickens to fly at Ginger's request. as Mrs. Tweedy, a money-hungry and cantankerous lady who decides to convert her farm into a chicken pot pie factory. as Mr. Tweedy, Mrs. Tweedy's oafish, henpecked husband. He is cruel to the chickens and, despite his unintelligence, more suspicious than his wife of their escape plans, correctly identifying Ginger as their leader. as Fowler, a feisty elderly rooster who regularly prattles about his Royal Air Force experiences. as Nick, a cynical, portly rat who smuggles contraband into the compound. as Fetcher, a rat who is Nick's slim, slow-witted partner. as Babs, the fattest of the chickens. She is a stout hen with a dim-witted innocence and a love of knitting. as Bunty, the champion egg-layer and group cynic who is the most skeptical of Ginger's escape plans. as Mac, Ginger's genius Scottish assistant.

Chicken Run was first conceived in 1995 by Aardman co-founder Peter Lord and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park. According to Park, the project started as a spoof on the 1963 film The Great Escape. [7] Chicken Run was Aardman Animations' first feature-length production, which would be executive produced by Jake Eberts. Nick Park and Peter Lord, who run Aardman, directed the film, [8] while Karey Kirkpatrick scripted the film with additional input from Mark Burton [ citation needed ] and John O'Farrell. [ citation needed ]

Pathé agreed to finance the film in 1996, putting their finances into script development and model design. DreamWorks Pictures officially came on board in 1997. [9] [10] DreamWorks beat out studios like Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. and largely won due to the perseverance of DreamWorks co-chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg as a company they were eager to make their presence felt in the animation market in an attempt to compete with Disney's dominance of the field. [9] Katzenberg explained that he had "been chasing these guys for five or six years, ever since I first saw Creature Comforts." [9] DreamWorks secured their first animated feature with the film, and they handled distribution in all territories except Europe, which Pathé handled. [9] The two studios co-financed the film. [9] DreamWorks also retains rights to worldwide merchandising. [9] During the production of the film, 30 sets were used with 80 animators working along with 180 people working overall. Despite this, one minute of film was completed with each week of filming. [10]

Critical response Edit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 97% approval rating and an average rating of 8.1/10, based on 171 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads: "Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular." [11] At Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 88 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". [12] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "A-" on an A+ to F scale. [13]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave three and a half stars out of four, writing: "So it truly is a matter of life and death for the chickens to escape from the Tweedy Chicken Farm in Chicken Run, a magical new animated film that looks and sounds like no other. Like the otherwise completely different Babe, this is a movie that uses animals as surrogates for our hopes and fears, and as the chickens run through one failed escape attempt after another, the charm of the movie wins us over." [14] [ full citation needed ]

Box office Edit

On opening weekend, the film grossed $17,506,162 for a $7,027 average from 2,491 theatres. Overall, the film placed second behind Me, Myself and Irene. [15] In its second weekend, the film held well as it slipped only 25% to $13,192,897 for a $4,627 average from expanding to 2,851 theatres and finishing in fourth place. [16] The film's widest release was 2,953 theatres, after grossing $106,834,564 domestically with an additional $118,000,000 overseas for a worldwide total of $224,834,564. Produced on a $45 million budget, the film was a huge box office hit. To date, it is still the highest grossing stop motion animated movie.

Accolades Edit

Group Category (Recipient) Result
Annie Awards [17] Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Nick Park and Peter Lord) Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Karey Kirkpatrick) Nominated
BAFTA Awards [18] Best British Film Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics [19] Best Animated Feature Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics [20] Won
Empire Awards Best British Director (Nick Park and Peter Lord) Nominated
Best British Film Nominated
Best Debut (Nick Park and Peter Lord) Nominated
European Film Awards [21] Best Film Nominated
Florida Film Critics [22] Best Animated Feature Won
Genesis Awards [23] Best Feature Film Won
Golden Globe Awards [24] Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
Golden Tomato Awards 2000 [25] Best Films Won
Kansas City Film Critics [26] Best Animated Feature Won
Las Vegas Film Critics [27] Best Family Film Won
Los Angeles Film Critics [28] Best Animated Feature Won
National Board of Review [29] Won
New York Film Critics [30] Won
Phoenix Film Critics [31] Won
Best Family Film Won
Best Original Score (John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams) Nominated
Satellite Awards [32] [33] Best Motion Picture - Animated or Mixed Media Won
Best Sound Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics [34] Best Film Nominated

John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams composed and produced the music for the film, which was released on 20 June 2000 under the RCA Victor label. [35] [36] [37]

All music is composed by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, except as noted.

No. TitleLength
1."Opening Escape"3:39
2."Main Titles"3:24
3."The Evil Mrs. Tweedy"4:22
4."Rats!"1:09
5."Chickens Are Not Organized"1:01
6."We Need a Miracle"2:03
7."Rocky and the Circus"3:51
8."Flight Training"3:39
9."A Really Big Truck Arrives"5:56
10."Cocktails and Flighty Thoughts"1:58
11."Babs' Big Break"1:40
12."Flip, Flop and Fly" (composed by Charles Calhoun and Lou Willie Turner, and performed by Ellis Hall) 2:09
13."Up on the Roof"3:08
14."Into the Pie Machine"3:10
15."Rocky, a Fake All Along"3:28
16."Building the Crate"3:32
17."The Wanderer" (composed by Ernest Peter Maresca, and performed by Dion) 2:47
18."The Chickens Are Revolting"2:45
19."Lift Off"3:41
20."Escape to Paradise"4:59
Total length: 62:21

Chicken Run was released on VHS and DVD on 21 November 2000. [38] In July 2014, the film's North American distribution rights were purchased by DreamWorks Animation from Paramount Pictures (owners of the pre-2005 live-action DreamWorks Pictures catalog) and transferred to 20th Century Fox [39] before reverting to Universal Studios in 2018. As a result, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released Chicken Run on Blu-ray in North America on 22 January 2019. [40]

After years of lying dormant, a sequel to Chicken Run was confirmed on 26 April 2018. [41] [42] It was also announced Aardman Animations would be reuniting with StudioCanal and Pathe. DreamWorks Animation will have no involvement after they had ended their partnership with Aardman after the release of Flushed Away in 2006. [43] Sam Fell is attached to direct, with Paul Kewley and Nick Park producing. [44] [45] The original Chicken Run writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell will return for the sequel. [46] Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton will serve as executive producers. [47] [48]

On 23 June 2020 - the 20th anniversary of the film's release in U.S. cinemas - Netflix announced that it had negotiated with Pathé and StudioCanal to acquire the rights to the sequel. Fell was able to give more details about the sequel, which will follow from the ending of the first film, where the chickens have settled into their new safe area. Molly, the chick of Ginger and Rocky, begins to outgrow the area, just as word of a new threat to the chickens arrives. With Netflix on the film, principal photography is expected to commence in 2021. [49]

Aardman announced Mel Gibson was fired from his role as Rocky in the sequel due to controversy surrounding the actor, [50] particularly because Winona Ryder accused him of making an antisemitic joke to her, whilst attending a party in 1995. [51] On 10 July 2020, Ginger's voice actress Julia Sawalha made a statement revealing Aardman's intention to recast her character, stating that she is now considered to sound too old, and commented "I have officially been plucked, stuffed & roasted". The decision was met with widespread criticism with some finding the decision ageist. [52] [53]

Chicken Run is a stealth-based 3-D platformer based on the movie. It was released in November 2000 on most consoles. The game is a loose parody of the film The Great Escape, which is set during World War II. [54]


About This Blog

Welcome to our Raising Chickens 101 Guide, a series of chapters especially geared to helping beginners! We cover how to get started raising chickens, chicken breeds, building coops, baby chick care, protecting chickens from predators, collecting eggs, and more. The complete guide is authored by two poultry experts, Elizabeth Creith, and more recently, by Chris Lesley, a fourth-generation chicken keeper. Chris is currently teaching people all around the world how to care for healthy chickens. See more expert backyard chicken advice by Chris on her site, Chickens & More.


Where to Find Organic Meats in Northeast PA

Everything Natural
Everything Natural in Clarks Summit offers ground beef and beef patties, free-range chicken, pork and sausage links, free range, organic and antibiotic-free turkeys and wild-caught “Wild for Salmon” products. Other cuts of steak are available by special order. “Getting this kind of beef from local farmers is probably the closest you can get to living on a farm. They deliver raw milk and 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef mostly on a weekly basis,” explains Ryan Makinson, food buyer, pictured above left.

Why buy organic and natural products? “Customers who are striving for optimal environmental nutrition and decreasing toxic loads on their bodies increase the odds of beating their genetic weaknesses,” says Barry Kaplan, store co-owner, pictured above right.

Mill Market
The Mill Market in Hawley carries as many locally made products as possible. Hanna Kyle, store manager, chef and nutritionist, says, “We carry more local meat products than most supermarkets. By carrying a variety of different local products, we offer a one-stop shop for customers who want to support local suppliers.”

In addition to specialty foods, local and seasonal produce, prepared foods, retail items and craft beer from local breweries, the Mill Market offers a large variety of meats like smoked salmon, cod, buffalo, lamb, charcuterie, German meats and poultry. All meats are purchased from local producers with the exception of some ready-to-eat meat products. Kyle says by spending a little more on organic and local products, customers are assured the product is of high quality, that humane practices were used and the local community benefits. “By buying organic you avoid added hormones and harsh chemicals which may have adverse effects on your health.”

Why Buy Meat from Grass-Finished Cows?

If a cow has been grass-fed and grass-finished, that means it has only eaten grass its whole life, even immediately before slaughter.
Manufacturers are allowed to say their cows are grass-fed even if they gave it grain feed a few months before slaughter, which fattens up the cows. So you want to look for the term ‘grass-finished’ or ‘100-percent grass-fed,” says Makinson.

Why BuyFree-Range Chicken?

“Free-range chickens are free to roam in a large space or pasture. They eat grasses, seeds, leaves, insects and other treats they find. This raises the
nutritional content of eggs and meat and provides 21 percent less fat, 30 percent less saturated fat and 28 percent fewer calories than factory-farmed chickens. Organic means no genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Not using antibiotics prevents medical antibiotics from becoming ineffective, and it creates less pollution and is much more sustainable. Free-range chicken and eggs are healthier for us,” says Kaplan.


Twentse

Twentses (Dutch), also known as Kraienkoppes (German), are a large breed of chicken from an area spanning between Germany and the Netherlands. They are rumored to be the result of Leghorn and Malay crosses and are sporty, ornamental birds that also have good egg production. Hens lay about 200 off-white eggs per year.

They have small wattles, earlobes, and walnut comb—all bright red in color. This rare breed is an excellent forager in both free range and confined conditions.


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