The unfortunate fad known as the backyard bird phenomenon is moving in a predictable direction. People are throwing away roosters right and left (unwanted roosters). They are not caring for hens (hurting hens). And now, here come the profiteers wanting to rake in even more money off the backs of these perpetually exploited birds.
Victory Chicken: One Stop Shopping for All Your Bird Exploitation Needs
Victory Chicken is a small business serving the five boroughs of New York City where it’s legal to “keep” as many hens as one likes (but no roosters). In its own words, Victory Chicken exists “to bring the chicken back into everyday American life, where it belongs” (emphasis ours). To that end, Victory Chicken will sell anyone a total backyard bird package for $785, complete with coop, training manual, two months’ worth of food, and – oh yes – THREE HENS.
This company wants everyone in the country, apparently, to “keep” chickens, with no regard for the birds themselves. What are they doing with all those roosters who aren’t being sent to people? What happens when people neglect or abuse the chickens? How about when the chickens breed and produce – you guessed it – roosters? How can this possibly be a good idea?
According to Victory Chicken, birds don’t need to be fed every day, nor do they need fresh water more than every three days. They only need to have room to move about a few times a week, and in case you’re worried about cleaning that coop – well don’t worry! All you need is an hour a month and you’ll be fine.
FIVE MINUTES A DAY TO CARE FOR THREE HENS is what these people are advertising.
Really, Victory Chicken? This is a terribly irresponsible way to care for any animal. This version of “care” will lead to neglected, abused chickens, all for the sake of a few eggs and some misguided romantic notion of “keeping chickens.”
This is a Recipe for Cruelty
The answer to factory farmed eggs is not backyard birds. The answer is a plant-based diet. “Keeping” birds in one’s backyard is unnecessary and exploitative, not to mention cruel in many cases. Chickens are far more complex than people realize in terms of their needs and wants.
Call or email Victory Chicken and tell them to stop promoting animal abuse by selling chickens as if they are inanimate objects. Tell them the old-fashioned victory gardens should be growing vegetables, not chickens:
And then get even MORE active! Start or join a community garden and grow some excellent, local VEGETABLES this coming spring!