Whether or not California’s moo-moos were truly happy, however, is irrelevant here. The point to note is that the Cornish rock hens that inhabit the shady, green-grassed pastures of the Green Chicken Farm are happy – because they have every reason to be merry and gay. Given the farming practices at the Green Chicken Farm, it’s not difficult to see why.
The leading philosophy behind the Green Chicken Farm is simply, a circle. A never-ending cycle that is the driving force behind the prosperity of the farm, and indeed, the prosperity of the chickens that live off the land. While other farms may look to an external supply of food, as well as an external means with which to dispose of their hens’ droppings, the Green Chicken Farm is fully self-sufficient and self-contained.
How, you might ask?
Take waste, for example. When the chickens in the farm release waste into their open fields, it is inadvertently washed by rain into trenches that surround the plots. It is then put to good use, distributed across the farm for the planting of vegetables and fruits the likes of wild spinach (kangkong), tapioca, sweet potatoes, and roselle, to name a few. With nothing but nature to aid in breaking down the natural fertilisers, it is safe to say that the harvest is organic and chemical-free. Ultimately, it is this organic harvest that is fed to the chickens. The chickens eat well – good stuff that eventually determines the flavour of their meat.
The chickens run wild, naturally – and this in turn determines the texture of the meat. Space is not an issue. The farm employs a crop rotation system, in which the lands are divided into plots; chickens are let loose in one, and when the cycle is complete, the fertiliser-rich plot is turned into a planting land, while the next plot becomes an open chicken pasture in its turn. It’s an ingenious system, one that sees to it that every last ounce of land is utilised to maximum effect.
Clearly, this system has worked out for the best.
Because the Green Chicken Farm does not believe in erecting permanent barns, disease outbreaks do not occur in closed quarters; bacteria is not allowed to fester within isolated barns. In employing an open-field system, the folks at the Green Chicken Farm has seen to it that the four years of their operations were disease and infection-free. The chickens are left to their own devices, and are allowed to grow throughout a period of ninety days – up to 2 kg in weight. They are guarded from the harsh extremities of the wild: predators like monkeys, snakes, iguanas, by walls and electric wires. Reared geese and turkeys serve as bodyguards of sorts, theoretical dragons to guard the castle of chickens.
In short, the chickens at the Green Chicken Farm are well-cared for. What more might a bird ask for?
We think, all things considered, the quality of farmed food animals relies solely on the care granted to them in the period of their growth. And while happiness isn’t so much a priority as ethical conditions and good work practices, it most certainly couldn’t hurt.
And the truth of the matter is that these chickens – well, they really couldn’t be happier.