Closed doors invoke curiosity. You wonder about the layout in that gorgeous house down the street. If your boss takes a coworker into their office and closes the door, human nature screams “but what are they talking about?” Perhaps the “Employee Only” section of a store drives you crazy. (It does me. Especially at my favorite thrift stores. Can I shop in the back puh-leese?) If human nature drives the crazy bus, current culture is in seat 1A. So when you see this:
You may say “Oooooohhhh, what’s going on behind those doors?” Perhaps your mind wanders to the layout, or the last headline splayed across your newsfeed of choice. When you see a building with closed doors and know that there are animals inside, do you wonder about them?
And then on a cold evening in January over a decade ago, I met Farmer and 30,000 balls of fluff. And I watched over the next few months as those little fluffy yellows turned into teenage wonders and then moved on to maturity. (Curious about chicken rearing? Just search #RaisingPoultry on the blog to read about the whole process.) And the more that I experienced the farm, the more raising an edible product inside a building became normal.
Yes, I said it.
It’s part of what we do. Just like some of you may metro in to work and fight the sea of humanity to get to your high rise, or you in suburbia drumming your fingers on the steering wheel as you wait in the school drop off line. Just like you, it’s our normal, it’s our everyday.
Behind closed doors equals protection from predators, control of many factors, and a barrier to bacteria outside. It means climate control (hello heat and AC!) and high nutrition.
If you open the doors of a broiler chicken house like ours – chickens raised for meat – you will find a wide open space. There’s feed and water lines throughout the building, but other than that, it’s an open floor plan. The chickens are free to roam, eat, sleep, and socialize in their chicken-way as they please.
I’ll still keep wondering about the floor plan of that house down the street. But you don’t have to wonder about what’s inside a broiler chicken barn.
Just chickens. And an open floor plan. That’s a #ChickenGuarantee.
*Some of my favorite designers on HGTV would be so proud of that open floor plan.*
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