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Eddie Hunter

That is a nice explanation of the circle of life.


Great! I'm expecting my chicks Monday. Unfortunately, the Feds are trying to make even raising a few chickens very difficult, if not impossible. I have no idea what the RFID tags will cost. I'm sure it will be a least as much as the cost of a chick! And if a fox gets one of the chicks, you'll have to report it to the government.


But what is NAIS?

The National Animal ID program was originally designed to give the big beef producers help in getting export markets which required disease controls. The idea is that every single livestock animal in the United States will be identified and tagged. All livestock animal movements will be tracked, logged and reported to the government. The benefit is to the big factory farms who probably do need this type of regulation. They get to do single ID’s for large groups of animals. Small farmers, pet owners and homesteaders will have to tag and track every single animal.

There are no exceptions - even small farms that sell direct to local consumers will be required to pay the fees and file all the paper work on all their animals. Even horse, llama and other pet owners will be required to participate in NAIS. Homesteaders who raise their own meat and grandma with her one egg hen will also have to register their homes as ‘farm premises’ and obtain a Premise ID, tag all their animals and submit all the paperwork and fees. Absurd? Yes - There are no exceptions under the current NAIS plan. The USDA has slipped this plan in the back door without any legislation. This is going to be very expensive and guess who is going to pay for it in higher food prices… You!

Elaine Meinel Supkis

What the hell? I didn't hear of that one. Will look into it more.


nice story! i have 2 questions, does the "mother" hen lay blue eggs? and what is the bread of these hens?

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Jeff from Silver Coast Finest

Great post. I liked reading this article..
Hmm thanks for sharing your story..Keep it up..

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