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Two words: Zombie Chickens!

December 5, 2006

I saw this headline and was cracking up. A poultry farm in Petaluma, Calif. is having problems with supposedly-euthanized chickens rising from their graves. BAWK!

BAWK!  Robot chickenMy question: If you are bitten by a zombie chicken, does that turn you into a zombie chicken as well?

If I am so bitten, please make me into 300 pounds worth of zombie chicken nuggets, thank you.

From the San Jose Mercury-News, via the Associated Press:

In this rich agricultural region of Northern California, ranchers have been turning chickens too old to lay eggs into compost at a rate of a half-million hens a year.

But some chickens not properly euthanized have been seen crawling out of the compost piles, earning them the name “zombie chickens” — and hatching a debate over what else might be done with them and other “spent hens.”

A food bank proposed making sausage to feed the poor. A reptile enthusiast suggested using them as food for large exotic pets like pythons and alligators. And an industry group said in the future they could be used as fuel for power plants.

But for now, according to egg farmers in Sonoma County, composting is the only affordable option. The last California rendering plant stopped taking the hens in May.

“If there was something that could be done, it would be done,” said Petaluma egg farmer Arnie Reibli.

The egg-laying birds have only a pound of usable meat, compared to the 5-pound chickens typically raised for eating. Slaughtering the chickens, even to transport them unprocessed and frozen whole, would likely cost more than composting them, Reibli said.

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One Comment
  1. Lois permalink
    August 13, 2008 12:04 pm

    At least make sure the poor things are dead before you bury them!!!!!!!

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