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Drunk Chicken Slayer

Joshua Shelton. Drunk Chicken Slayer. In one night Joshua managed to kill 70,000 chickens who were in their chicken houses.

As awful as it is, it really was just an accident.  A mistake on which switch he flipped off.  So, how could this happen? I mean, the farm is in Maryland, which experiences lows in the upper 60’s overnight. So it couldn’t have been from temperature related issues.  Why couldn’t a chicken survive without food, water or circulation for one night?  We have a chicken (her name is Chicken) and she perches herself on the table top all night long and won’t move.  She experiences the dark and she refrains from eating and drinking while sleeping… she won’t even entertain the offering of a tasty treat.  She is a hearty bird who lives outdoors.  Year round.  She experiences the darkness, lack of food and water at times, and the seasons… and she continues to survive and even thrive.

If you look at the satellite image of this “farm,” you can see immediately that these chicken “houses” are actually warehouses.  The chickens live indoors their whole lives.  They are completely reliant on the conventional farming techniques of keeping them healthy enough to either produce an egg product, or become a meal themselves.  These poor chickens probably never even knew when it was dark outside, what fresh air was, or when it was appropriate to eat based upon their biology.

If the chickens are that sensitive to the lights being out, to no water or food for a few hours overnight, then what does that say about their health and ultimately the health of the human that is eating them or the product they produce?  Would you eat such a sickly bird if you knew it was?

Tiffany B.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Inc. 500

I found out last week that the company that I work for, Vital Farms, debuted in 2012 on Inc. 500’s list at number 51.  At first I was like “YAY!”  And then I was like HUH?

Vital Farms is a “family” farm that produces the most spectacular organic and pasture-raised eggs and chickens around.  Even the Cornucopia Institute has given us a 5 egg rating for ethical treatment and organic products.

So why are we bowing “to the man” and making waves in the corporate realm?  It just doesn’t seem right…until you consider this.

Our farm and it’s mission, like many other organic and ethical farms, is to win the arm wrestling match against inhumane, corporate “farming” (the term farm shouldn’t even be used with these institutions because the animals are treated more like inanimate objects, than actual living beings that experience pain, desire, wants and needs).  Vital Farms aims to win the battle and in order to do so, we can’t sit idly by as a small farm.  We gotta step up to the plate and take our best shot… and that is exactly what we are doing.  When we maintain our strictest standards and guidelines, help more farmers do what we love and require to provide the demands of our products, then we are slowly going “over the top” and are staring down our opponent.  The fact that we are on the Inc 500 list proves this and WOW to debut at number 51 is absolutely spectacular.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Vital Farms will continue to exercise our mission to provide as many stores, restaurants, businesses, corporations and YOU the products that you love and desire from us. We are out to change the world of eggs and chickens!

Tiffany B.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Vital Farms

 

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