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28 Jun 2011

From Donabate/Portrane… ‘Chicken Link’

Here is a great short film from RTE in Ireland about Transition Towns Donabate/Portrane‘s ‘Chicken Link’ scheme.  A very straightforward idea which looks to be really catching on….

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28 Jun 3:25pm

It’s great to see people really coop-erating on this issue and it seems a poultry sum to shell out for fresh eggs daily! (sorry – it’s been a slow day)

Brad K.
30 Jun 1:40am

The choice of background music is curious. I mean, the point of the song is that a chicken thief — stealing either hens for eating or eggs for eating — shamming “no one here but us chickens”.

Putting chickens in the back yard does raise the potential for theft and vandalism. But that point isn’t raised in the video.

Luck to chickenlink.

30 Jun 8:58am

Brad, do you mean that having the chickens raises the potential that the chickens will be stolen? Surely that’s like arguing that having a car in your drive increases the likelihood of a car being stolen from your drive? Or perhaps you are casting aspersions on the larcenous habits of our feathery friends, that we may end up hosting a chicken-led crime spree in the local area. Never trust an animal that won’t engage in good eye contact….

Brad K.
30 Jun 1:34pm


I merely mentioned that the song used was about stealing chickens.

I have a hen that does engage in eye contact, daily, eagerly waiting to see if the daily ration will include a bit of wild bird seed.

Interesting, that you use a car as an analogy. Symbols of affluence, whether the car or an extra chicken when someone is hungry (or using food to establish control over a community), will and do increase the likelihood of coming to the attention of burglars, thieves, and ne’er do wells.

Cars locked in garages, and owners of those cars, are less susceptible to opportunistic acts of theft. Having livestock around in hungry times might also bring unwanted attention.

Today I expect vandalism to be more likely than theft, for most folk, and that risk not that likely. Mostly it was the clash of a song making light of stealing chickens to promote keeping chickens that caught my attention.

30 Jun 11:07pm

Ah! Thanks Brad… I missed the link to the song entirely! Thanks for clearing that up…