Myths “Cracked” – Is Hen Pecking Real?
Myth: Chickens don’t actually peck each other. Myth Cracked: Hen pecking is a natural behavior among chickens and can seriously compromise health and egg production.
Is It Better to Raise Hens Indoors?
Myth: It’s better to raise hens outside, like farmers used to do. Myth Cracked: The truth is – raising hens indoors is better for the birds and for consumers who want safe, nutritious eggs.
World Migratory Bird Day 2021
We believe that partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaborations are the key to achieving a sustainable planet and Burnbrae Farms is very proud to be a sponsor of Nature Canada. Ted Cheskey, Nature’s Canada Naturalist Director has authored this blog post in honour of World Migratory Bird Day.
Fowl Language: Part I
Chickens are called so many different names! Whether young or old, male or female, raised for eggs or meat, we call them something different. Here is a quick guide to chicken names:
Be the chicken
Imagine this: you feel really motivated to do something, sit down let's say. You have this overwhelming urge to do it. It's necessary, you need to do it. But there's no place to sit nearby. You try anyways, you have to. There's a crowded bench but when you try to sit you get kicked off. The motivation doesn't go away so maybe you try to do something else to take your mind off of sitting. You get something to eat or drink, but the urge is still there. You are getting frustrated, so you might try to grab someone's chair. Finally, when you haven't been able to find a seat for long enough and your motivation reaches a tipping point, you settle and just find any old spot on the ground to sit.
Meet Dr. Michelle Hunniford, our National Animal Care Specialist
My name is Michelle Hunniford and I am a chicken scientist! I have a PhD in Poultry Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Guelph, graduating in 2017, working with Dr. Tina Widowski. During my six years at UofG, our lab was investigating the behaviour of laying hens housed in furnished cages. I focused on nesting behaviour – what it looks like in furnished cages and how we can improve nest design to better suit a chicken's behavioural needs. After finishing a postdoc at Guelph, I accepted a position at Burnbrae Farms as their National Animal Care Specialist.
Raising the Bar for Animal Welfare at Burnbrae Farms
Burnbrae Farms and the Hudson family are committed to being industry leaders in animal welfare and being at the forefront ...
Enriched Colony, Free Run and more: Allow us to eggsplain how hens are housed
Picking out eggs at the grocery store isn’t as simple as it used to be. Today, consumers have more choices ...
Healthy Hens = Healthy Eggs = Healthy You!
Providing a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important parts of our job as egg farmers. To be ...
Aviary Free Run Layer Barn
Burnbrae Farms Free Run Omega 3™ and Naturegg Free Run™ eggs are produced by hens that are free to roam ...
Avian Influenza in the North American Poultry Industry
In late 2014, a very highly pathogenic form of avian influenza (H5N2) was found in some domestic poultry on the ...
Biosecurity- What does it mean?
In late 2014, Canada and the United States started to see a very highly pathogenic form of avian influenza (AI) ...