OUCH - CHICKENS

On one of our afternoon walks in Kamo we went to explore a big industrial looking building nearby.  It was interesting, we looked inside ...and we saw chickens! Tens, no hundreds of them! Lili was really excited by this and some of them were exactly the same colour as our chickens.

 

 

Lots of chickens.  The white ones were stacked two storeys high.

Lots of chickens.  The white ones were stacked two storeys high.

And even more chickens.  

And even more chickens.  

And as everywhere we went in Japan, we were greeted with kindness and hospitality - we were welcomed in and Lili was offered a chicken to hold.  

And as everywhere we went in Japan, we were greeted with kindness and hospitality - we were welcomed in and Lili was offered a chicken to hold.  

This one was not fully cuddly so Lili had hold her legs. 

This one was not fully cuddly so Lili had hold her legs. 

When we looked around a bit further we noticed that there were no nesting boxes. No eggs. No runs for dustbathing. Just cages. And then we realized this was a different chicken place - the kind where 'meat birds' are grown. And they grow up to full size before they start laying so ...

This was a good learning experience and a window into the reality of meat farming.