Breeding a Better Chicken
Many consumers have come to see the value in buying pastured eggs laid by chickens living in pastoral meadows. However, egg producers still have a hidden cost, millions of baby male chicks are killed in hatcheries. Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farms in Dixon, California is trying to find an alternative to sourcing chicks from large, commercial hatcheries.
Nigel was born in Leicester, England, and studied at Writtle Agricultural College in Essex. Though the school taught production farming with chemicals, Nigel received permission to fulfill his practicum at an organic farm in Kent, England. He studied drip irrigation in 1985 in Israel, a country where “if you waste water it’s treason.” He returned to England and farmed there until moving to California in 1992.