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Have You Hugged Your Chicken Today?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 04.18.2014 | Comedy

Whoever decided that a dog is man's best friend clearly just forgot to hug their chicken that day. Seriously, the love between the two pals in the...

Making the World a Better Place for Chickens (or Maybe Not So Much)

Ken White | Posted 04.08.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

The concept was simple and, I believe, both reasonable and good: that is, these birds, typically kept alive for about 2 years, ought to have enough space to be able to move around more freely with room to stand up, sit down, and fully extend wings.

Live Baby Chick Cam: Meet Our Polar Vortex Miracle!

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at RodaleNews.com The cyclical nature of life is perhaps nowhere more apparent than on a farm. The trusty tomato pl...

The Dark Side... of Urban Chicken Keeping

Anne Maxfield | Posted 03.25.2014 | Food
Anne Maxfield

In certain hip, locavore, foodie parts of the country (Brooklyn, Berkeley, Cambridge, etc.) the trend recently has been to raise your own chickens. From what I know from people that have them, it's more work than just letting the birds run around the yard looking good and eating bugs.

What Happens When 11 Eggs Get Stuck Inside A Chicken

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green

A chicken named Myrtle recently had an emergency hysterectomy to remove 11 eggs that were stuck inside of her. "She was egg bound," says Ellie Laks...

This Chicken Plays The Piano, Scoffs At Birdbrain Reputation

Posted 02.27.2014 | Green

Chickens get a bad rap. They run around with their heads cut off, they "chicken out" of things, and they cross the road for numerous unfunny reasons. ...

Concerned About Japanese Dolphins? Good. Now How About American Chickens?

Erica Meier | Posted 02.26.2014 | Food
Erica Meier

Yes, absolutely, we should condemn the senseless violence against dolphins in Japan. But in doing so, let us also condemn our own callous animal exploitation here in the U.S.

A Tribute to Lady Gaga, the World's Bravest Rooster

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

I'll never forget where I was the day I heard Lady Gaga crow for the first time. Not the singer, but my chicken, a particularly beautiful little guy with flashy feathers and a gorgeous, larger-than-life swagger.

Major Cockfighting Ring Busted In New York

Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime

More than 3,000 fighting roosters were rescued as part of a major cockfighting bust in New York, the state attorney general's office and the ASPCA ann...

WATCH: This Chicken Is Wearing A Fake Tail On Its Butt, For Science

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science

How did the dinosaurs walk? To answer that question, scientists have used everything from computer simulations to x-rays and high-speed videos. But re...

Missouri Sues California After Being Told To Up Animal Treatment Rules

Posted 02.06.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Melissa Breyer: The hens just can’t get a break. In 2008, California voters said "yes" to a ballot initiative re...

WATCH: How Chicken Embryo Develops Inside Egg Is Incredible

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

It takes 21 days for a chicken embryo to develop. Ever wonder what happens inside the egg between the day it's laid and the day the chick pecks its wa...

Beautiful and Practical Lessons From a Small Farm Start-Up

Susie Middleton | Posted 03.23.2014 | Food
Susie Middleton

If you're willing to hang with me here (knowing I'm not the last-word-expert on any of this), I'll give you a list of things that worked for us in our small farm start-up, in case you're dreaming (or acting on the dream) of starting one.

New USDA Plan Could Increase Horrific Bird Abuse

The Washington Post | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kil...

On Bittman and Kristof, Salmonella and Chickens

Kathy Stevens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Stevens

Paulie quickly learned the sound of my car, charged to my car door when he heard it, squawking and hopping up and down like a lunatic, wanting a car ride. Paulie loved sitting in my lap and driving around town!

Chicken Suffering Bigger Than Jewish Kaparot

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Although this is a relatively obscure ritual performed by mostly Hasidic Jews, this practice has garnered national controversy with PETA calling for the banning of the practice and many rabbis even criticizing it, encouraging the use of money as an alternative to chickens.

Animals as Partners in Our Work for a Vegan World

Kathy Stevens | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green
Kathy Stevens

The movement for veganism is the most challenging social change movement in history. We're not asking a segment of the population to change in order to right a wrong. We're asking every single human being to change.

Would You Test Out Poultry Ownership With A Chicken Rental Service?

Posted 09.09.2013 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Matt Hickman: As I’ve previously reported, there’s currently an urban chicken abandonment epidemic sweeping our po...

VIDEO: A Rabbi's Plea: Wave Money, Not Chickens

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Today, because it is impossible to do it in a kosher way, we must perform the ritual with money. Rabbinic sources including the Chayei Adam and Mishna Berurah are clear that when the ritual cannot be performed in a kosher way it is preferable to use money.

Backyard Chickens Backfire On Hipsters

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.10.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the backyards of Seattle, recreational chicken ranching is increasingly popular in urban and suburban neighborhoods. ...

The Problem With Backyard Chickens

Posted 07.10.2013 | Green

Backyard chicken farming has grown in popularity in recent years, as more urban residents turn to gardening and farming. But along with a rise in roof...

10 Fascinating Chicken Facts

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for Rodale.com During prime-time growing season on our farm, you can look out onto our fields and see a r...

A Chicken Leaping Into Every Pot

Ken White | Posted 07.30.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

There's nothing unusual about dumb TV commercials but I am especially annoyed by a recent spot which brings us a combined message from Foster Farms and the American Humane Association.

The Dinosaurs in My Backyard

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for Rodale.com All over the United States, people are opening their lawns and gardens to dinosaurs, allow...

Don't Be the Last Person to Get Backyard Chickens

Ryan Nickum | Posted 06.15.2013 | HuffPost Home
Ryan Nickum

From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the backyards of Seattle, recreational chicken ranching is increasingly popular in urban and suburban neighborhoods. At the rate this agrarian hobby is growing it's only a matter of time until you have a few hens of your own.