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Country Catches Critical Chicken Crisis — Can Old Fashioned Remedy come to the Rescue?

2 or 3 days old, backyard chickens
2 or 3 days old, backyard chickens

Chickens are starting to appear in larger and larger numbers in animal shelters. Animal shelters? Really?

Really really. This is a real story. The story goes on to say that people no longer want their chickens after the birds have stopped laying eggs, and just don’t know what to do with them! Are we really spending tax payer dollars, or donor dollars, on abandoned chickens because people do not know what to do with them?

My wife and I have backyard chickens. When these chickens stop laying eggs, they are not going to become pets. They are not going to be dumped on some poor overworked/underfunded animal shelter. And they are not going to be dumped in some neighborhood like a college kid’s puppy that is no longer wanted because summer break has arrived. This is a real problem. Yes, sadly Country Catches Critical Chicken Crisis (c5) is not a joke. This is a reflection of the super-modernized, super-sanitized culture we live in. People sit at their computer screens, distant from the “dirty” processes that make the real world run.

“The majority of them are going to be backyard birds that have been either abandoned or dumped,” he said. “Usually, no one wants roosters, and the hens we get are usually spent hens. People don’t know what to do with their old hens. I’ve picked them up at apartment complexes, parks, or I get calls from the Humane Society or animal control.”–OPB

Well, there is an old fashioned remedy that has been passed down for generations which can deal with c5. And I’m going to share it with you, here… for free!! That’s right! You won’t need to purchase a membership, buy a poorly written book, or attend a seminar in Las Vegas.

The Remedy to c5 is… (drum roll please): It’s called chicken dinner. I know some of you may not have realized that chicken dinner is made from chickens. You probably thought chickens grew on trees or were manufactured by a new Monsanto wonder plant. But in reality, chicken dinner is made from chicken.

First, you kill the chicken (yeah, this is old school). Second, you pluck the chicken. Third, you gut the chicken. Fourth, you prep the chicken for cooking (my wife normally does this, and it is an overnight process). Fifth, prep the chicken via your favorite recipe and then toss it in the oven/skillet/crock pot. Sixth, you EAT the chicken. For some of you, this old fashioned method of what to do with chickens after they have stopped laying eggs may seem a bit barbaric. Well grow up. At the very least you could sell them on craigslist to someone else that will eat them.

Think before you get chickens. If you want backyard chickens but don’t have the stomach to eat them, then you shouldn’t get backyard chickens. What’s the problem with eating chickens? I mean seriously… chicken tastes like… chicken.

Honestly, backyard chickens filling up animal shelters is absurd… wake up America.

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An Academic’s Summer Vacation

Stack of books as I study for the comprehensive exam, sociology graduate school
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I am done grading finals... done writing papers… and done with Spring Term. Yay!! Summer vacation here I come!!

Except… although I will have time to do cool stuff like camping, hiking, fishing… and running I will also be studying. I know! What kind of nightmarish summer vacation requires studying? Last summer was spent studying for the research project I had for the master’s paper. This summer I will study for the comprehensive exam. For those who do not know, the comprehensive exam is an exam to prove that I have “comprehensive” knowledge over one sub-field in sociology. If I pass, I can then continue onto my PhD work. If I fail, I can try to get a job with my Masters degree.

I am looking forward to being done with graduate school. I certainly do not have a “failure to launch” syndrome when it comes to graduate school. I do not want to spend 15 years as a graduate student doing research. I want to be done as soon as possible so that I can be teaching at a college and/or working at a nonprofit. Helping people is what matters to me… and the comprehensive exam is a stepping stone to that goal.

Anyway… the topic for my comprehensive exam is about the environment… specifically, understanding how political and economic decisions impact the environment, and how those environmental impacts create health problems for humans. Doesn’t that sound like an exciting summer vacation? Yeah, well… exciting for an academic and exciting for a college freshman are two different things 😉

Wish me luck… and have a great day!

The American Dream and World Peace featuring “Kid Logic”

 100_4373I spent the weekend at the Public Interest and Environmental Law Conference. It featured speakers from across the United States and from 27 countries. These speakers discussed problems about conflicts over fresh water, GMOs in food, mild drug pollution in water and in food that causes no immediate harm but makes viruses more drug resistant, ocean acidification, and a host of other nastiness.

To me the fresh water issues were the most interesting because the Pentagon and non-military agencies are predicting that fresh water will be the cause of many conflicts in the next few decades. Conflict does not necessarily mean war but it can be a legal fight that takes months or years to sort out.

Having heard this list of problems I was a little overwhelmed at first about how to solve all this crap. But then I put on my Kid Logic thinking cap. Continue reading The American Dream and World Peace featuring “Kid Logic”