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One Copywriter’s View of a Free-Range Hen’s Happy Life

Here’s the advertising copy you’ll find inside a carton of “Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.”

“Our girls spend an absurd amount of time singing and chatting. Each day begins with a stretch, a wing flap (and for some an attempted flight). The remainder of the day consists of gab, chat, gossip, singing, and blather…The amount of chicken chat in our barns is downright ridiculous. We have no idea what they are trying to tell one another, and we are even less certain they are actually listening to each other, but we do know that they are thoroughly enjoying themselves.”

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posted August 10, 2006 at 9:08 pm

If only it were true! I long to believe that we are truly aware of our animal realm and the respect they need to truly be nutritional for us. Bad treatment leads to bad food. Owner of a grass eating flock of a 500 sheep community.>

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posted August 10, 2006 at 11:40 pm

You might appreciate the writings of Andrew Linzey about humane treatment of animals, albeit from a theological perspective.>

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posted August 11, 2006 at 11:31 pm

Eager to read what Linzey has written. Thanks, K. Pete & Gerry’s ad copy could have been written by my chicken farming friend, GW, whose website,, helps urbanites learn how to farm chickens responsibly. (The CLUCK = The Cooperative League of Urban Chicken Knowledge)>

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Phil Westwood

posted December 19, 2006 at 9:19 pm

It’s amazing the noises hens can make, but the best noises are at dusk when they are settling on their perches. We run a small free range eggs farm in Australia where we never lock the hens up – each flock is protected from predators by a Maremma dog (their personal bodyguard) Check out our site at>

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