Business touts benefits of mealworms for chickens

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Over the last two years, the number of Americans rearing chickens has increased to around 26 million.

Recent trials conducted by Ÿnsect have shown increased performance on egg size for chickens eating mealworms.

But egg size isn’t the only consideration for those raising chickens. Most chickens live to eat and, for most of them, mealworms are the meal of choice.

Companies that create pet food are taking notice of both the increase in chicken adoptions and the benefits of mealworms, and some are flocking to mealworm production and distribution.

According to a press release, Jord Producers, based in Nebraska, has been incorporated into Ÿnsect’s production portfolio, signifying the global company’s entry into North American mealworm production. The move comes off the back of Ÿnsect‘s introduction to the US market in November 2021.

With the world’s largest vertical insect farm in France, Ÿnsect transforms Buffalo and Molitor mealworms into premium, sustainable ingredients to feed animals, fish, plants and humans. Ÿnsect exports its products worldwide.

 

The addition of Jord Producers reflects Ÿnsect’s expansion into the US market andtheir entry into the backyard chicken feed market. During the pandemic, the backyard chicken market saw significant growth in America. By 2026, the US market is predicted to reach approximately $400M, according by a recent study by Arthur D. Little.

Also according to the press release, mealworms contain the amino acids chickens (and other livestock) need for optimal development: very high protein content (72% protein), highly digestible, hypoallergenic and the potential to decrease skin diseases.

Antoine Hubert, CEO and Co-Founder of Ÿnsect commented, “We’re very excited to continue establishing our presence in the US, which is a priority market for Ÿnsect as we expand globally. As an impact company, sustainability and support for the environment is at the top of our agenda.”

 


Five reasons to adopt an adult cat

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Startup focused on helping people communicate with their pets wins Pet Care Innovation Prize

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Celebrating the beauty of chickens with a close-up challenge

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The Facebook group “Chickens, Chickens, Chickens,” is participating in a “Closeup chicken” challenge (#closeupChallenge). And, besides being an entertaining way for members to show off their chickens, it’s also offering a lot of proof that chickens are beautiful, albeit loud, creatures. “Chickens, Chickens, Chickens,” is a private Facebook group for chicken enthusiasts and it has over 90,000 members to date.

Here are a few of our favorite posts so far:

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Keep ’em coming fellow chicken lovers! And, if you’d like for your link to be shared in this post too, leave a message in the comments section.

The featured image is of one of the Wow My Pet Did That roosters with a lunapic.com effect added.

‘Keeping up with the Pomeranians’ chronicles adventures of canine sisters

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Pomerian lovers might want to check out Susan Marie Chapman’s new book, “Keeping Up With The Pomeranians.”

The book of photographs and captions is also the third book written about Chapmans’ two fluffy white Pomeranians, Sugar and Cookie.

According to a press release, the two sisters love to eat, shop, enjoy spa days, work out, and party their way through Miami Beach. The photography by both the author and Andre Jermaine, is meant to capture “the spirit and fun nature of Sugar and Cookie” while Susan writes stories around their personalities.

Susan is an award-winning author of a children’s book series called “Grumpy the Iguana and the Green Parrot Adventures,” which can also be found on her website and Amazon.com.

SOURCE: THE GOURMET DOG LLC. Home

 


A review of ‘Chicken People’ documentary

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If you haven’t seen it yet, but have even a small interest in chickens, or, better yet, a love of chickens, you may want to check out “Chicken People,” a 2016 documentary, which is available through Amazon prime. I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of the documentary until now, given that it is from 2016, but, as soon as I saw it recommended by Amazon Prime today, I knew I had to watch it.

The documentary primarily follows three people (two men and one woman) who are among thousands of others who breed chickens and enter them in competitions, including the Ohio National Poultry Show.

Many chicken breeders, including those who keep chickens as house pets, are interviewed for the documentary. Besides seeing what makes these “chicken people” tick, which largely seems to be a fondness of chickens, there are also lots of camera shots of the competing chickens, from hens with a “here-we-go again attitude” as they are poked and prodded by judges to roosters with an “I’m the only rooster worth looking at” expression in a row of cages of almost identical roosters.

The film does a nice job of capturing the overall spirit of competition, from what drives the competitors to breed literally thousands of chickens in the pursuit of the perfect chicken to prepping chickens for judging with blow dryers for fluffing and other beauty measures. We also learn a bit about the family and work lives of each of the three highlighted competitors; each of whom are so open about their love for their animals and so dedicated to what they do, that it’s hard not to root for each of them to have a bird that snags at least one trophy.

Those not terribly familiar with chickens might also find it surprising to see how many varieties of chickens there are, with some of the more exotic ones barely resembling what most people think of when they hear the word “chicken.”

The documentary doesn’t delve too deep into the differences between breeds, which would probably be too complex to try to explore in what is overall a light and cheerful portrait, and would likely take away from the focus on the competitors. Instead, it helps give a cursory understanding of what judges are looking for when making decisions about which chickens are the closet to being perfect standards. These standards are noted as being in-depth (examples include feather color, beak shape, stance, comb directions, shape of various body parts,  and size) and specific to each breed. Those who have chickens as pets or are chicken fanatics (or “chicken-aholics” as one chicken lover jokes in the documentary), will likely find themselves taking note of multiple types of chickens they would love to add to their flocks while watching the documentary. I know I saw more than a few I wouldn’t mind giving a home to, except that I promised myself to keep my backyard flock small.

I do think “Chicken People” doesn’t quite take enough of a look at the chickens and their often endearing personalities. There is some adorable footage of a broody chicken who is lying on a round-shaped spoon, seemingly looking forward to hatching it.  Another moment that stands out is a little girl kissing a chicken with curly feathers the way one would normally expect to see a child cuddling with a kitten. But, while the documentary  does an outstanding job of focusing on the  people in the chicken world, it doesn’t really focus on the chickens in a way that lets viewers connect with the animals. If I hadn’t gone into viewing this documentary with a love for my own chickens and experiences raising my own little flock, I don’t know if I would have really understood the attraction to chickens or why or how people come to feel such a close bond with these free-spirited creatures, which are often simply seen as livestock.

Maybe, and especially as the number of people keep backyard chickens grows, someone will make a documentary that explores that relationship between human and chicken as human and pet.

Still, “Chicken People,” which has a runtime of 83 minutes and is directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes,is an entertaining and informative look into the competition aspect of the chicken world, a nice step in the direction toward hopefully more looks at chicken raising, and definitely worth checking out.

For more information, you can check out the trailer (below) or visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_People :

Featured image from: http://www.cmtpress.com/program/chicken-people/images/

 

 

Company fashions one-of-a-kind wheelchair for opossum

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A 1-year-old opossum who was born with one back leg shorter than the other and scoliosis recently gained new mobility thanks to a custom wheelchair.

Kewpie, a dwarf, snub-nosed opossum, cannot survive in the wild and has been at the Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center since he was a baby.

As he got older, Kewpie could no longer support his weight on his back legs and dragged his back legs behind him. He was diagnosed with osteoporosis in his left leg and hip bone, a painful condition that would make mobility a real challenge for the opossum.

The Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center  reached out to Walkin’ Pets, a pet mobility company. The Walkin’ Pets team had never built a wheelchair for an opossum before and was excited to help, offering to donate the tiny custom-made cart.

The first-ever Walkin’ Wheels opossum wheelchair provides Kewpie with the support he needs to stand up and walk on his own.

According to wildlife center founder Tonya Poindexter, Kewpie is adjusting well to a life on wheels, “Kewpie is still learning how his new wheels work for him. He seems to be figuring out it’s easier than dragging himself across the floor, and he’s a ‘Mr. Independent’ so holding him and carrying him is alright to him a little, but he likes to go on his own adventures.”

Check out video of Kewpie using his chair and to see why he’s the undisputed star of educational programs helds by the center:

Source: https://www.handicappedpets.com/

Rare lobster makes public debut this month

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A rare blue American lobster adopted by the Akron Zoo in Ohio recently made her public debut, according to a press release.

Blue lobsters are very rare, occurring one in every 2 million. The blue coloration of the shell is the result of a genetic anomaly.

The lobster was adopted from a Red Lobster restaurant last year and was named Clawdia.

Clawdia came to live at the Akron Zoo and now resides in a habitat in the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom building. The lobster was first moved to the zoo in July 2020 after restaurant employees at the Cuyahoga Falls location recognized the rarity of the blue shell.

The connection between the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster resulted from a conservation partnership called Seafood Watch, a program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The program strives to help consumers and businesses choose seafood that is farmed sustainably and fished in ways to support a healthy ocean.

After Red Lobster employees discovered the blue lobster, they contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which then reached out to the Akron Zoo.

After Clawdia made the move to the Akron Zoo, she went through a quarantine process and was given time to acclimate to her new home before her public debut on Feb. 13.

Molting can makes lobsters very vulnerable, and Clawdia was no exception, after her long journey the previous summer.

Clawdia’s new exoskeleton after the molt was not solid blue as before. Instead, Clawdia is now more rainbow-colored, featuring blue, yellow, green and orange colors.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $8 per person. Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 1,000 animals from around the world. Children under two are free and parking is $3. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

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Why I will probably never post another ‘found’ cat ad on the internet

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“Thanks to all of those people who decided to play their version of internet justice league, I now no longer have the ability to use the internet to post a lost and found ad to possibly help the real owner find the cat I have. Thus, the very people who were accusing me of being cat thief and harming an innocent cat, had just possibly robbed this cat of finding its home.”

On a slightly cold afternoon this past weekend, I went out to check on my chickens as I do on a daily basis. That’s when I suddenly heard what sounded like the distressed mewing of a cat coming from within the bushes and trees that are halfway between my house and the chicken coop.

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Upon investigation, I found a black and white cat who came right up to me. She was super friendly. She is also a tuxedo cat with black and white markings including white on and around her nose. At first, I thought it was my cat, Poussey, who had gotten out of the house. They look a lot alike as many black and white cats do. Then, I wondered if maybe this cat had been dumped by someone from the city nearby. I don’t have a lot of neighbors and the ones right next door to me hate cats — as in they will shoot them or run them over with their cars–so I know it’s not their cat.

The kitty followed me to the chicken coop and then all the way back to my front door. To repeat, she followed me — I didn’t carry her. I was surprised when she came in the house with me, but figured it would be the safest place for her until I could, hopefully, find her owner.

I did a search and put a found ad with a picture of her and didn’t think much of it until the next day when I got a message through Facebook saying “We think you have our cat.”

My other cats were not loving the presence of this new kitty and I had gone out and bought an extra litter box, extra supplies, etc., not knowing how long she would be with me. I have been super busy with work and other responsibilities, so really didn’t need an extra cat long-term or even short-term, but I couldn’t just not help the kitty. And, when I received the message, the possibility of the cat being claimed that easily was exciting.

Except that when I messaged back the person who had messaged me, something seemed off, including the fact that the Facebook page looked like it had been newly-created, with no one “friended” and only a couple of pics on the site. They seemed to have a lot of difficulty understanding that I was telling them I lived three hours away from where they were (they asked me how far I lived from them at least twice in a row even after I had responded the first time) and that my cat was a female, whereas there’s is a male. The person then wanted to video chat with me so they could see more of the cat. Instead I took a few more pictures of the cat, sent it to them and got back to working and cleaning my house, shopping, and other weekend chores. I was beginning to wonder if maybe this was some kind of scam as I had just very recently learned about people who will try to get you to click on a link or otherwise try to take remote control of your cell phone so they can steal your personal information. I didn’t feel comfortable responding further.

So, I didn’t.

Then, the next morning I woke up to a flood of comments on my post. People were calling me a cat thief, asking me why I wouldn’t return this man’s cat or at least respond to his requests for more pics or video, telling me that not all cats that are outside need rescuing (trust me, the cat would have been a goner had it set foot in my neighbor’s yard), and on and on.

Apparently, the person who had messaged me the the day before had gone on to the same lost and found pet site and started telling everyone he was “95 percent sure” I had his cat and that I wouldn’t respond to his requests for more information. He had posted pics side by side of the cat I found and his cat.

In the pics I could clearly see differences in the markings on the noses. I could certainly see some similarities, yes, but not enough to declare a match.

However, others were responding to his post with “Those are one and the same,” and “It’s the same cat!” comments.

So, I decided to try to clear things up by editing my post and noting the difference in gender, age (his cat was approximately three years old), markings on the nose that didn’t match up.

Then, my post started getting additional comments about how awful I was for not letting the man come to see if it was his cat, that he should get the police involved and more. I decided to just stop responding, which is when I starting getting PM’s from apparent internet cat detectives, one of whom called me a, “bucking bumb bunt,” (well, I changed the first letters of these words, but I think you get the idea.

It was at that point that I realized I was literally shaking and almost feeling like someone was going to do me harm. I also realized that this was one of those crazy instances of  pack mentality on the internet I had seen before but never directly borne the brunt of. It was really awful. People had made up their minds about who I was and what I had done and there was no changing that via evidence or  rational explanations.

I sent two more videos to the person who had accused me of having his cat (one showing him evidence that the cat I found is, indeed, a female). He still kept saying that he wasn’t entirely sure it wasn’t his cat and wanting additional video. I asked him if he would be interested in adopting the cat I had if it turned out to not be his missing cat and he said he didn’t think he could do it since he loved his missing cat so much. This seemed weird to me from someone who wanted this cat so badly that they wouldn’t leave me alone.) I’m still not sure if this person is trying to run some kind of scam, is enjoying the attention from others, or is just really missing his cat so desperately that he isn’t seeing reason. I asked him to please remove his post and told him about the harassment I was getting. Fortunately, he did take it down right away, he also apologized for causing me problems. And, then he proceeded to send more requests for information, such as ‘could I go to the vet and have its microchip checked?’ (which is not a bad idea at all and I will if I haven’t found the owner within a certain amount of time but I don’t need a stranger whose cat I don’t have telling me what to do with the cat I have found). I’m probably going to have to block his messages if he doesn’t leave me alone, but I’m afraid that will mean him going back on the pet website and making more accusations about me, leading to more people messaging me with awful accusations, cursing at me, etc.

I also deleted my post, deciding that  all the comments and controversy were just going to get worse. Thanks to all of those people who decided to play their version of internet justice league, I now no longer have the ability to use the internet to post a lost and found ad to possibly help the real owner find the cat I have. Thus, the very people who were accusing me of being cat thief and harming an innocent cat, had just possibly robbed this cat of finding its home.

I know what it’s like to lose a cat. It’s frustrating and scary and you just want the creature that you love so much to be found safe and sound. So, if this person is telling the truth and their cat is really missing, I hope they do find it.

But, the purpose of me writing this was because it’s pet-related and I wanted to see if anything similar has happened to anyone else. I have found that there a lot of internet scams out there to be wary of for people who post “lost” pet ads, with scammers who seem to have no souls saying they have a person’s pet and then demanding money for it. But, I couldn’t find anything when I searched about “found” cat scams.

I also wanted to strongly caution people about commenting on posts in situations where they don’t know the full story and to avoid jumping to conclusions. It’s straight up dangerous in some situations and it sure didn’t do anything to help this kitty. I also ended up having a panic attack and a related asthma attack, neither of which were any fun.

Here are some links to information I found about internet bullies and trolls this is pretty interesting reading:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannecroteau/2019/02/01/our-society-is-broken-lets-fix-it/?sh=78530ecb704b

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-13/trolls-understand-what-hurts-people-but-they-simply-dont-care/8701424

And, I found the process of writing about this and telling my side of the story to be therapeutic. Besides the panic attack and anxiety attack, I just felt “off” most of yesterday as I never thought I would be ‘attacked’ on social media for trying to help a cat find its home. It’s not a good feeling when a huge part of your life has always been about trying to help animals, yet dozens of strangers are telling you that you are “the reason that most lost cats don’t find their owners,” etc.

As for what’s next: I plan to put up Found signs locally. I believe that will be more effective and way less stressful.

So, what do you think of all of this? I’d love to know in the comments…

 

World’s first global pet theme park in the works

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Global Pets World Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of WisdomCome Group, in collaboration with Ammbr Group, will be launching the world’s first global pets theme park welcoming pets of all descriptions, along with their owners and other pet lovers.

According to a press release, the Global Pets World will provide a safe, welcoming and entertaining experience for both pet owners and pets.

According to another press release:

“The first pet theme park, located in Hong Kong, will offer resort grade facilities including hotel residence with pool, spa and restaurants, as well as a pet hotel with a dedicated pet spa and swimming pools for pets, a veterinary clinic, a pet food and supplements dealership, and other amenities. There will also be a pet memorial park incorporating associated services relating to the afterlife and the hereafter.

“The Hong Kong pet theme park will be the first of 10 similar projects on the promoters’ road map to be rolled out in the next few years. For future projects the developer has earmarked Florida (USA), Greater Bay Area (China), Singapore/Malaysia, Tokyo (Japan), London (UK), Paris (France), Beijing (PRC), Hangzhou (PRC), and Mumbai (India).”

For more info, check out:

https://globalpetsworld.com/

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https://www.instagram.com/petpawsnft/