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All episodes Of River Cottage - Hugh's Chicken Run for the 2008 series
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In three hard-hitting programmes, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores the horrors of intensive chicken farming. The journey takes him far from the cosy lifestyle of River Cottage and into the harrowing conditions of running his own modern poultry production line.
Hugh plans to kickstart a chicken revolution in the UK. He wants to replace the cheap chickens sold by supermarkets at less than a price of a pint of beer for ethically reared free-range chicken. After the salmonella crisis of the 1980s, the UK willingly embraced free range eggs. Can the same now be done for the broiler chickens raised for their meat? The chicken revolution begins in the town of Axminster and its local Tescos, where the residents of the local Millway estate face the challenge of rearing free range birds while nearby Hugh's new factory churns out its horrors.
His plan is that for one week more than 50% of chicken bought and consumed in Axminster is free range. That includes curry houses and burger bars, ready made sandwiches and pub lunches. At the moment, less than 5% of the chicken sold in the UK is free range so it's a major undertaking.
But can the well-meaning plan of a celebrity chef survive the sceptical locals and the interests of the big supermarkets? How will ordinary people respond to lectures on animal welfare from the posh bloke off the telly? And what happens when the rumour goes around town that Hugh is only raising awareness to boost sales of chicken in his own shop?
The true and terrible cost of the cheap chicken on your plate is revealed in Hugh's Chicken Run. It launches the Big Food Fight, a season of programming that aims to raise awareness and encourage debate about food production, animal welfare and healthy eating.
Supermarkets are so keen to offer us low price chicken that, with some 'buy-one-get-one-free' offers, a roast bird is cheaper than a pint of beer.
But, according to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall the real cost of cheap chicken is much more worrying. Most of Britain's chicken is produced indoors in intensive factory farm conditions that deprive the animals of anything resembling a natural life. The birds' lifespan takes them from newly hatched chick to slaughter weight in about 39 days.
As far as Hugh is concerned at the heart of it all are the supermarkets whose winning combination of cost and convenience, have changed high streets across the country. They say that are simply serving up what the customer wants and expects. Hugh tries to engage with the supermarkets to get them to change their pricing policies and to convince their customers to pay more for a higher welfare chicken.
Starting with the residents of his local town, Axminster and local supermarket, Tesco, Hugh begins his mission to convert chicken eaters to a free-range future and create the UK's first free-range town.
Hugh also meets the residents of the Millwey Estate: enthusiastic cheap chicken buyers who Hugh hopes will see the light by rearing their own flock of laying hens and meat birds on a disused allotment at the edge of the estate.
Not content with just speaking to the locals, Hugh also spreads the free-range word to the employees at one of Axminster's biggest employers, where he challenges the ladies who run the works canteen to abandon the oven-ready fodder they currently use in order to feed the warehouse staff with locally sourced free range chicken.
And in a move that takes him far from his River Cottage ideals, he takes the extraordinary step of building his own intensive unit, and a free range unit to compare first hand, the effect of rearing techniques on the chicken we buy.
Ethics and emotions are challenged as the realities of intensive farming hit Hugh hard
Last night saw Hugh begin his crusade against intensive chicken farming, where birds are reared indoors in conditions that deprive the animals of anything resembling a natural life.
On a mission to convert the chicken eating public to a free-range future, Hugh is encouraging people to campaign against a commercial market where meat is so cheap that with some 'buy-one-get-one-free' offers, a roast bird is cheaper than a pint of beer. The revolution is starting in Axminster, the sleepy Devonshire town of his birth.
Having set up his own free range and intensive chicken farms, Hugh's finding the reality of raising broiler birds increasingly difficult.
The rapid growth of Hugh’s 2,500 chickens is a stark contrast to their 1,500 free range neighbours who get to frolic in the sunshine, and as the days pass, the grim realities of commercial farming start to weigh heavily on Hugh’s mind.
The residents of Millwey, an estate of enthusiastic cheap chicken eaters who set up their own free range flock with Hugh's help, have started to bond with their birds. When they come to visit Hugh's experimental farms, they get to witness the shocking reality of cheap chicken. For some it's more than they can bear.
Hugh also gets a weighty endorsement for his aims when fellow chef Jamie Oliver, a fellow chicken rights enthusiast, pays him a visit.
After managing his own intensive chicken farm, Hugh's free-range campaign goes into overdrive
The reality of his experiment to witness, first hand, the conditions that 95% of Britain's poultry are raised in, has been a challenging education for Hugh, and as the series draws to a close, it's slaughter day for the chickens reared intensively on his experimental farm.
Just 39 days after they hatched, the 2,500 birds have reached the slaughter age of an average broiler chicken. But at the end of their life, how will they have fared in the intensive environment that has severely restricted their movement and deprived them of natural light.
And how will they compare to the free-range birds raised at the Millwey estate who also face the chop?
This is a big moment for the Millwey residents, who are asked to kill, cook and eat the chickens that some have come to regard as pets.
The plan to make Axminster Britain's first free range town goes into overdrive as Hugh tries to persuade not just local shops and supermarkets but everyone from the Indian restaurant to fast food shops and pubs to go completely free range for Chicken Out! Week: a week during which Hugh needs to ensure more than 50% of chicken bought and consumed in Axminster is free range.
But with free-range currently accounting for less than 5% of the poultry sold in this country, it's an ambitious target.
Hugh's dreams of a free-range future are not helped by rumours that the campaign is a ploy to promote poultry sales in his own shop, and he realises that not everyone appreciates being preached to by someone who many see as that posh bloke off the telly.
And Hugh's struggle to engage with the supermarkets takes on a local dimension after an unfortunate misunderstanding with the biggest supermarket in town.
Has Hugh's emotional mission been in vain or will Axminster support the free-range revolution?
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