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Feeling the Pull

I'm once again wishing for chickens. I'd like four or five, and a rooster. We're zoned for it, but it would take some doing to make them easily accessible and safe from the local carnivores.

I read an interesting article on PETA that made some good points but totally lost me as far as PETA goes. The woman who founded PETA thinks that "purebred human babies" are a vanity just like purebred dogs. I can't fathom what she means by that. She also thinks that racing Formula 1 cars is great, while eating meat is horrible. Obviously the planet as a living thing does not enter into PETA's mindset.

But it did have an entire section on what's done to chickens in order to make eggs, and it's not nice. Most chickens never see the light of day in their entire 6-week lives, living in bunkers that reek of the smell of their own wastes. Egg-producing chickens are treated even worse, starved to get them to lay more. Frankly, that's not a bad cycle to step out of. pirateguillermo and I talked about things we do to interrupt the waste stream (buying things that have less packaging, recycling and reusing everything possible including our household food scraps). I think this is much the same thing.

I like eggs, and I like chicken. I'm more than willing to take the responsibility of killing, cleaning and cooking my own food, but it would be nice to know that while it was alive, it had an actual life with sunshine and comfort and company.

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layer
Aug. 16th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
chickens are loud and messy, but i'd love to see you give it a try. especially if you'd be willing to share with your friends (or better yet, barter for loquats...)

i have been considering rabbits myself. probably couldn't do a breeding pair unless i had friends who really enjoyed rabbit stew, but even with one, they produce the best rose-fertilizer ever. too bad they don't lay eggs, though. and too bad you can't milk them.

any idea where to find out what local neighborhoods are zoned for?
junglemonkee
Aug. 16th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
I would totally be willing to barter. In addition to eggs, I'd be willing to barter homemade preserves and homemade ketchup (made without high fructose corn syrup!).

pirateguillermo found out what we were zoned for through the county when we bought the house. I don't know if SF city/county has the same thing, but it should. Although now that I think about it, if you call an animal shelter in your area, I bet they'd know.
layer
Aug. 16th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
looks like i can keep up to four animals of various kinds including rabbits though the rabbits must be fixed. i couldn't seem to find an answer about goats though. but you're right. i'm sure animal control would know.

i expect i'll have preserves (including my specialty -- chutney) as well, especially if i ever get that loquat tree up and running. and if i get even one pumpkin of the size these plants are supposed to fruit, i'll definitely have that to trade as well.