Posts Tagged ‘Poultry’

Sex-swap hen stuns owner by turning into a cockerel

June 16, 2008

A chicken called Honor stunned its owner when it turned from a hen into a cockerel.

The unusual ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos show how the Black Rock chicken has swapped genders over the past 12 months.

Owner Gill Whiteley originally thought the crowing she heard was from a nearby farm as she only kept hens. But when the neighbours insisted there was a cockerel crowing in her orchard, where she keeps the chickens, she decided to check.

The 53-year-old teacher Gill who lives in the village of Treales, near Preston said: ‘I had just bought some new hens and originally thought the poultry breeder had accidentally sold me a cockerel.  I take photos of all my chickens and get to know all their character traits and couldn’t see that any of the new batch were cockerels. Eventually, I found that it was a Black Rock chicken called Honor I had bought the year before who was crowing.

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Hong Kong to Slaughter All Live Poultry in Markets Following Bird Flu Outbreak

June 13, 2008

Hong Kong plans to slaughter all live poultry in the territory’s markets following the appearance the H5N1 strain of bird flu. As Naomi Martig reports from Hong Kong, this is the most serious outbreak of the virus in the city where it was discovered in five years.

Hong Kong authorities say the cull affects all retail poultry vendors, and about 3,500 birds will be killed to prevent the spread of the disease.

The move follows an outbreak of the H5N1 virus on Saturday, which led authorities to suspend live poultry imports from mainland China. Days later, the virus appeared in three city street markets – the first outbreak in the markets in five years.

The government plans to compensate vendors who face losses because of the cull.

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New AHI Website Focuses on the Importance of Healthy Animals

April 8, 2008

The Animal Health Institute (AHI) today launched its newly designed “Keeping Animals Healthy” website to help consumers and policymakers better understand the important role of public policy in providing animal medicines to keep both animals and humans healthy.

“Americans are becoming more aware of the relationship between animal health and public health,” said AHI President and CEO Alexander S. Mathews. “Thoughtful public policies are needed to manage the risk of diseases that can be spread between animals and humans.”

Animal medicines are valuable tools needed by veterinarians and livestock and poultry producers to keep pets and farm animals healthy. Exciting breakthroughs are being made on products that are successfully extending the length and quality of life for dogs and cats and on products that will help livestock and poultry producers deliver a safer product to American consumers.

The website,, explains the advocacy positions taken by AHI to promote animal health and gives the public information about the rigorous, science-based review processes in place at the federal agencies that regulate animal health products.

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3,000 birds die in Bathinda, India

March 8, 2008

Panic has gripped this village, near Bathinda, with more than 3,000 birds having died due to an unidentified disease at a poultry farm. Veterinarians of the Animal Husbandry Department have launched an inspection of all poultry farms within a radius of 3 km of the farm.

Department officials have ruled out the presence of avian influenza virus in the dead birds, but they feel that birds’ death might be due to some other deadly virus “because the birds did not react even to the antibiotic medicines given to them,” Dr Darshan Singh, deputy director of the department told The Tribune today.

The poultry birds started dying last week. When this correspondent visited the farm, only 40 birds were left alive. These too were visibly suffering from the disease.

“Samples have been collected from the poultry farm and sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal. We don’t think it’s the case of avian influenza because the virus affects humans as well whereas the family of the poultry farm owner was unaffected by the disease,” Dr Darshan Singh said. Teams from the veterinary and animal husbandry departments have been visiting the farm ever since they got to know about the death of the birds.

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Animal rights in China: A small voice calling

February 28, 2008

Human rights, or the lack of them, have long been a focus of China’s critics at home and abroad. But a new rights movement—complete with idealistic local and foreign campaigners—is stirring: animal rights.

Animals are treated dreadfully in Chinese farms, laboratories, zoos and elsewhere. There are grim factories where thousands of live bears in tiny cages are tapped for medicinal bile. At safari parks, live sheep and poultry are fed to lions as spectators cheer. At farms and in slaughterhouses, animals are killed with little concern for their suffering.

According to Zhou Ping, of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, few Chinese accept that animals have any rights at all. She thinks it is time they did, and in 2006 put forward China’s first national animal-welfare law. Her proposal got nowhere, and there is no sign of progress since. “There is so far”, she says, “only a small voice calling for change…”

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Hound River Farm in Georgia Is First Sheep Farm to Become American Humane Certified

February 27, 2008

The American Humane Certified farm animal program provides independent verification that livestock and poultry are raised humanely, in accordance with science-based animal welfare standards set forth by American Humane and its independent Scientific Advisory Council. Among other aspects, producers certified through American Humane’s program must ensure that their animals have ready access to fresh water, a nutritious diet, medical care and are handled by trained caregivers. They also must provide their animals with a comfortable environment that limits stress and enables them to freely express their normal behaviors.

Hound River Farm, a family-owned Katahdin meat sheep business in south Georgia, sells fresh and frozen lamb processed at Towson Cold Storage under the Hound River Farm label. The sheep and lambs graze freely in a predator-protected environment — no feedlots or artificial feeding methods are used. The sheep have constant access to well-managed pastures, supplemented, as needed, with hay grown on-site.

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