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7-13-11 – Free-Walking Pampered Hens and Miracles of Agriculture

Free Walking Hens

Free Walking Hens

Hour 1 AUDIO:  Free-Walking Pampered Hens
Guest:  Jim Barry, The Country Hen Sales Manager

Just imagine pampered hens. That’s right – chickens – sitting on their very own screened-in porch, taking life easy. Every now and then, though, they might take a break to sunbathe, visit a neighbor, scratch and dust bathe. Ah, that’s the life! In the mornings, though, that’s when they do their real work: laying beautiful organic eggs.

That’s what goes on at The Country Hen on 20 acres in Hubbardston, Mass. It’s owned by 79-year-old George Bass who started out as a member of the 4-H Club with 24 hens at the age of 10 in Bridgeton, New Jersey. In his 40’s he owned a poultry business in Bogota, Colombia, before retiring to study the health factors of the poultry business in the U.S.

That’s when he began producing eggs the old-fashioned way – without cages – for the very first time, according to his sales manager Jim Barry.

“They are free walking,” said Barry. “It’s an expression George came up with years ago. In the old days, people had 5 or 6 chickens and they ran around. We like to keep them as natural as we can, but not on the grass. That’s bad for the watershed .”

With 100,000 hens, The Country Hen seems to have it all over competing commercial businesses who have millions of hens crammed in cages. Instead of using one of the industry’s commercial feeds, The Country Hen blends and mills their own Certified Organic feed and has it certified each year by an independent agency. Read the rest of this entry