chickens http://www.kplu.org en For 'refugees from urban farming craze', a backyard to call home http://www.kplu.org/post/refugees-urban-farming-craze-backyard-call-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Urban farming sounds like a great idea to many people. You can grow your own vegetables and put in a chicken coop, or keep some ducks to make it all come full circle.</span></p><p>But a Seattle woman behind an operation called <a href="http://ducksandclucks.com/blog/2013/06/11/current_cast/" target="_blank">Ducks and Clucks</a> says many folks are biting off more than they can chew when it comes to the birds. It is she who often comes to their rescue.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9138 at http://www.kplu.org For 'refugees from urban farming craze', a backyard to call home State seeking volunteers for bird flu tests on backyard flocks http://www.kplu.org/post/state-seeking-volunteers-bird-flu-tests-backyard-flocks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are urging owners of backyard chicken to sign up their flock for bird flu testing.</span></p><p>The state is trying to prevent an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu like the one recently seen in China. At least&nbsp;<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/death-toll-bird-flu-china-rises-36-202652806.html" target="_blank">36 people have died</a>&nbsp;of the disease since March.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8825 at http://www.kplu.org State seeking volunteers for bird flu tests on backyard flocks Deal suspends chicken cage ballot measures http://www.kplu.org/post/deal-suspends-chicken-cage-ballot-measures <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976742.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976742.mp3</a></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. - Animal welfare groups in Oregon and Washington are shelving initiative petition drives that could have required egg producers to give hens more spacious cages.</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:40:33 +0000 Tom Banse 2045 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest lawmakers crack open egg controversy http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-lawmakers-crack-open-egg-controversy <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970567.mp3</p><p>The Northwest egg industry is changing the way it houses chickens. But animal rights activists in Oregon and Washington say the change isn&#39;t going far enough.</p><p>Lawmakers in both Olympia and Salem debated the welfare of egg-laying hens this year. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has already signed one bill. A similar measure has been approved by the Oregon Senate and is awaiting action in the House.</p><p>Regardless, opponents in both states are launching ballot initiatives aimed at giving hens even more space. Wed, 25 May 2011 21:09:02 +0000 Chris Lehman 1674 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest lawmakers crack open egg controversy