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Driving out Parkwood

By johnboy - 16 April 2007 25

The Canberra Times informs us that there’s a big push on to end battery hen production at Parkwood. Sadly some really stupid reasons are being proposed such as the bird flu risk to Macgregor West and our potential listing as an utterly useless UNESCO Urban Biosphere Reserve.

The Greens’ Deb Foskey is apparently drafting legislation to end the revolting practice and, more importantly in this town, developers want the land.

Good outcomes for bad reasons don’t give a great deal of hope.

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25 Responses to
Driving out Parkwood
seepi 2:51 pm 16 Apr 07

Some research has shown the chooks prefer the barns to freerange.
Either freerange or barn eggs are good I think – as long as the chooks are not in battery cages having their beaks chopped off to avoid fights.

Maelinar 1:53 pm 16 Apr 07

Suddenly increasing the patronage of the Canberran sourced free range egg to 300,000+ would make them rarer than gold.

FC 1:49 pm 16 Apr 07

“i thought the green zealots want us all to eat food grown in ourt local area to avoind the earth killing emissions of trucks etc transporting eggs from other states ?

yet more evidence this green religion is idiotic.”

What an educated comment to make….
This has nothing to do with transporting eggs from state to state, or truck emissions.
There are plenty of free range available in Canberra, and if you think that caring about the welfare of animals and the environment is idiotic, then I really think that makes you ignorant and idiotic youself.

futto 12:55 pm 16 Apr 07

I think the proof that free-range is better is in the eggs. After getting the “home cooking” bug this year, i have seen the difference in egg quality can make to my cooking

I go out of my way to get free-range eggs now.

Kramer 12:36 pm 16 Apr 07

This situation is very similar to people who buy new inner city places only to find out that they are living above a nightclub, and them campain for them to be shutdown.

Kramer 12:35 pm 16 Apr 07

Personally I don’t care about the chickens, and I don’t think most of the parties involved do either. I believe most of the concerned are developers looking to make a buck out of land at West Macgregor.

emd 12:24 pm 16 Apr 07

Another good place for eggs are the farmer’s markets around Canberra. Lots of fresh eggs from small-scale producers who don’t do it quite the same as barn-laid eggs from large producers.

Mr_Shab 12:13 pm 16 Apr 07

“Free Range” eggs are a bit of a furphy. The chicks spend the first few weeks of their life confined to a barn. When they reach a certain age, they open small doors on the sides of the barn to the outside. Of course, having never seen the outside, and being inherently cautious animals, very few chooks actually go outside to scratch around.

Of course, it’s still vastly preferably to batteries.

The best eggs you’ll get are from your own chooks. They’re dead easy to keep, rarely get sick, and can exist almost purely on kitchen scraps and what they find as they scratch around. The eggs are far, far better than anything you’ll ever buy at the shops. Add to that the fact that they’re endlessly amusing.

Snahons_scv6_berlina 12:01 pm 16 Apr 07

mmmm scrambled eggs on toast…

emd 11:45 am 16 Apr 07

Lots of free range eggs available in the ACT, lots grown in the local area too. There’s no need for battery production here.

bonfire 11:36 am 16 Apr 07

and if i ate more eggs my typign woudl improve

bonfire 11:36 am 16 Apr 07

i thought the green zealots want us all to eat food grown in ourt local area to avoind the earth killing emissions of trucks etc transporting eggs from other states ?

yet more evidence this green religion is idiotic.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 11:21 am 16 Apr 07

I love eggs.

seepi 10:59 am 16 Apr 07

Never mind – if it is stopped that is a great thing.

In this day and age we shouldn’t still have this archaic practice going on.

fecker 10:46 am 16 Apr 07

So, basically it wouldn’t have been stopped unless there was more money to be made another way?!

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