Hugh’s Chicken Run…

January 8th, 2008

Hi all! Just in to the New Year and (if you live in the UK) we’re already off to a great start on TV. Channel 4 has started a great series of programs called “The Big Food Fight” aimed at heightening awareness of where our food actually comes from. Already half way through is Hugh’s Chicken Run, soon to be followed by Jamie’s Fowl Dinners and much more. If I sound like I’m advertising, then I’m not - I’m just passionate about what I eat!

Anyway, along came an email yesterday from the River Cottage team (which I’m not affiliated with, I should point out), and I thought I’d share with all of you who haven’t already seen it.

Don’t stop reading here - more below the image (which you can click to sign up).

Chicken Out!

Dear Friend of River Cottage,

Here’s a quick reminder that our new River Cottage series, Hugh’s Chicken Run starts tonight (Monday 7th Jan) at 9pm. We are really excited over the next three days that we can really drive this campaign hard.

So far, we’ve got over 19,000 sign-ups before the show has even aired, so it’ll be great to see how far we can push this. We’ve got loads of celebrity support too including Rosie Boycott, Jamie Oliver, Bill Oddie, Jonathan Ross and even the Chickens of Aardman Animations ‘Chicken Run’! Who are all helping to spread the campaign to the widest possible audience. A full list can be seen here.

You may well also of seen plenty of press activity too, with major pieces in the Independent, Sunday Times and Saturday Mail. The RSPCA and Compassion In World Farming have all made their own direct pleas to get this top of the publics new years wish list.

But there’s still more you can help us with, if you’ve not already, please help…

1. Sign Up! Please.

2. Send the campaign to all your friends, family and colleagues - get them to sign up and get them to pass it on to their address list too

You can do that easily by either forwarding this mail or go to our send to a friend feature.

3. Display our campaign banner(s) and ‘pledgometer’ on your website, facebook pages or blogs, or hassle website owners to do so, or tell us where we should be putting them - the pledgometers are all linked together so they will all count into the same total, the more running the better!

Please see here for details of how to add the bannners to your site. Website suggestions to [email protected].

4. Ask your local free-range poultry supplier to display one of our posters - available here and upload your free-range supplier to the list at

email river cottage

For full show details please here.

Once again, many thanks, we hope you enjoy the shows

Hugh and the River Cottage Team.

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10 Responses to “Hugh’s Chicken Run…”

  1. leemei at mycookinghut Says:

    I am glad that you are wholly supporting Going Free Range!! I have signed up for this campaign!

  2. Voidan Says:

    Hi Scott!
    I tagged you for meme but there is no obligation to participate… if you are interested here is the link:

    Have a great day!

  3. scott Says:

    Leemei: I’m glad you’ve signed up, too. Together we can make a difference!

    Voidan: Thankya but I’ve already done this one once, I believe! Still thanks for thinking of me :)

  4. Voidan Says:

    You are welcome :P

    I checked few last months of your blog & didn’t found it :( That’s why I tagged you… for second time… ^_^

  5. lorraine@italianfoodies Says:

    I haven’t had time to blog this week there has been so much on TV!!! I really enjoyed Hugh and Jamie’s programmes!! It just goes to show we all have so much to learn about the food we eat, I always buy free range or organic chicken but not eggs but that will change now!! I couldn’t believe the factory that produced the little chicks or the cages where the hens lay the eggs, it was terrible!! I shed a tear for the little chicks being gased:( I’ll put a link on my next post back to you so people can sign up!!


  6. scott Says:

    Voidan: Actually on closer inspection I don’t think I have done this; I’ll get around to it in the next week or so!

    lorraine@italianfoodies: I absolutely agree with all you’ve said. Unfortunately the little male chicks get gassed regardless of the type of industry - they’re just not needed, unfortunately. I’m guessing, (but am not an expert) that when a breed of chicken is used which yields both meat and eggs (like we used to have - but was not so good at either like todays chickens) this is not the case..

  7. Bellini Valli Says:

    I wish I lived in Britain so that I could enjoy this event. I doubt we will get it on the Food Network here in Canada.

  8. Ari (Baking and Books) Says:

    Wow, it has been too long since I stopped by here Scott, I can’t believe all the amazing things you’re up to!

  9. scott Says:

    Bellini Valli: I’m sure you can catch it over the internet somewhere…

    Ari (Baking and Books): I only wish my life was amazing - if only you knew!

  10. scott Says:

    Bellini Valli: I’m sure you can catch it over the internet somewhere…

    Ari (Baking and Books): I only wish my life was amazing - if only you knew!

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