CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
About 100,000 baby chickens died after a fire quickly engulfed a large coop at a processing facility in Riverside County, officials said Wednesday. The 4-day old chicks were trapped inside the 200-foot-long structure as more than two dozen firefighters in eight engine companies responded to the incident in the 1900 block of Warren Road in San Jacinto, the Riverside County Fire Department said. Fire crews quickly began battling the intense flames after the blaze was reported about 5:30 a.m Wedesday.
September 25, 2010 |
Fluffy, white broiler chickens pecked around the backyard while a group of two dozen people — a set of knives laid out before them — eyed them warily. Jordan Dawdy, his arm bearing tattoos of chickens and other farm animals, gave the crowd the run-down: Snap the neck, cut off the head, drain the blood, pluck, gut, done. He has the whole process down to seven minutes. The group shifted uneasily and prepared to dive in. Dawdy's "Yard to Skillet" workshops are booked full in this college town of 100,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 |
The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual. The action was taken after animal rights activists and some faith leaders protested the practice, known as kaparot , throughout the Jewish High Holy Days, saying it was inhumane. A state investigator determined that the facilities were slaughterhouses operating without licenses, in violation of law, said Steve Lyle, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
April 12, 2013 |
Julie Burleigh has designed highly tailored organic gardens for clients all over Los Angeles, but at home in West Adams, her personal garden reflects a more freewheeling sensibility. Easy-care California natives and hearty gray-blue aloes snipped from a neighbor's yard share space with giant ageratum with ethereal, lavender-colored flowers, and herbs such as African blue basil and winter savory. Bright red geraniums, figs and other familiar plantings are interspersed with less common white sage and the aromatic edible lovage, which tastes like celery and can be harvested for soups and salads.
January 8, 2004 |
In the latest battle against the strutting, free-roaming population of cocks, hens and chicks, officials in Florida's southernmost city are hiring a local barber to catch and curb the feathered fowl. Key West's city commission agreed Tuesday to pay as much as $20,000 to hire Key West native Armando Para to capture the birds and haul them out of town, probably to a farm in Brooksville, Fla., north of Tampa. "There's some places chickens shouldn't be," Para said.
January 16, 2003 |
The highly contagious exotic Newcastle disease spread to a fifth commercial poultry flock in California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The new outbreak was found in San Bernardino County. The discovery makes two commercial flocks in that county and a total of five in the state infected with the disease. All contaminated or exposed chickens are being killed.
February 10, 2014 |
Egg Industry magazine predicted that 2015 will be "the year of the lawsuit" in the U.S. egg industry - and it was referring specifically to California. But the court battles have already begun. On Feb. 3, Missouri filed a federal lawsuit alleging that California regulations infringe on Missouri's sovereignty. The two California laws at issue go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The first is Proposition 2, a 2008 initiative passed overwhelmingly by California voters, which requires cages large enough for egg-laying hens to stand and spread their wings.
December 17, 2010 |
In what some claim is the result of a lethal mixture of poultry and politics, 400,000 baby chicks have been put to death this week at a central Russian farm, an additional 600,000 have died of malnutrition and the lives of 3 million more chickens remain imperiled. Farm owner Alexander Chetverikov, a Russian parliament member, says political foes have "targeted my company," forcing it into bankruptcy over a $190,000 tax debt. "We can't afford to feed the chickens any more, as we have no money, and we will continue to eliminate the remaining 3 million chickens if the unfair bankruptcy situation is not eased and the state doesn't come to our rescue," said Dmitry Noskov, spokesman for the Krasnaya Polyana poultry farm in the Kursk region.
March 13, 2010 |
Hundreds of genetic mutations accumulated over thousands of years have transformed the red jungle fowl of South Asia into the domesticated chickens that are a fixture on farms -- and dining tables -- worldwide, according to a scientific analysis of poultry DNA published this week in the journal Nature. Swedish and American scientists identified about 7.5 million genetic variations between domesticated chickens and the jungle fowl, their primary wild ancestor. Then the scientists zeroed in on a few dozen differences that seemed particularly important based on their frequent prevalence in eight distinct populations of birds raised for meat or eggs.