Sunday, December 21, 2008

"Chicken is murder"

Feathers are ruffled in Tisdale, Sask., where a man tossed a live chicken into a display of cooked fowl at a convenience store. "Chicken is murder," the stranger hollered before ducking out. The suspect jumped into a red pickup truck, possibly a Dodge, parked outside and drove away. But the bird-tossing didn't end there. A short time later, two live chickens were heaved through the back door of a gas station on the other side of Tisdale.
A small blue car was seen speeding away, but police have yet to pluck up any suspects.
RCMP say the chickens are ok.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mariposa Meats Chicken Breast Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall on pork chops and chicken breasts distributed around Ontario due to concerns the meat could be contaminated with listeria.

Old Style-brand Smoked Pork Loin Chops in 175-gram packages with a best-before date of Jan. 23 and 350-g packages of Old Style Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts with a best-before date of Jan. 16 are both subject to the recall.

The products, manufactured by Mariposa Meats of Mississauga, Ont., have not yet caused any illness

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chicken thieves 'fowl up' family's Christmas dinner

Police suspect 'fowl play' after one family was deprived of its Christmas dinner chickens and another lost prize birds.
Shouts were heard coming from a field in Lostwithiel as 27-year-old Caitlin Dean discovered to her horror that her family's rare breeding trio had been stolen from their allotment.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rogue chickens rule the roost in California village

San Juan Capistrano has its swallows. Rome has its starlings. Fair Oaks has chickens.
Few places so prize and protect their feral fowl as this quiet outpost amid the bustling suburbia of eastern Sacramento County.
The town's wild poultry — reputedly dating back three decades to the original free-range rooster and three hens — now number more than 200, according to one unofficial census.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Havin A Bath At K.F.C.

Three employees of a Calif Kentucky Fried Chicken, have been suspended for bathing in a deep sink used to clean dishes. The prank was discovered after one of the young women posted photos on a social networking site of the trio posing and cavorting in the steaming water in their underwear and swim wear.

The photos were filed in a gallery called "KFC moments." Captions included "haha KFC showers!" and "haha we turned on the jets."

A manager of the fast-food restaurant said the three were reprimanded and suspended Tuesday. She said no manager was on duty when the photos were taken as the three had closed the restaurant for the night.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Aviagen Turkeys in Hot Water

Several workers at a turkey plant in West Virginia have been fired after they were caught on video punching, kicking and beating birds.

Aviagen Turkeys said the employees, including a supervisor, were fired around Thanksgiving.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Turkey Tales and Tails

Did you know that a turkey is a type of pheasant? It is the only poultry native to our western hemisphere.

Male turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking sound, my wife says they sound like aliens.

The wrinkly fleshy part of a male turkey's beak is called a snood. The flap under the chin is a wattle

Our last 2 turkeys enjoy a day of freedom near the donkey field before Thanksgiving last year....

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christmas Turkey

Most likely the turkey you eat at Christmas will be a hen. Females are slaughtered at about 15 pounds. Males (Toms) are allowed to get to 40 pounds and are used to produce deli meat.

The two turkeys shown here were two that we raised and slaughtered for Thanskgiving and Christmas dinners. In a dazzling display of originality that is what we called them - Thanksgiving and Christmas.

They had the free run of our 100 acre farm which completely freaked out my wife.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Football fans eat fewer wings in slow economy

Gridiron fans are eating fewer wings at sports bars and watering holes and chicken company Sanderson Farms Inc has noticed.

"Normally wing prices firm after Labor Day as football starts and fans begin moving into bars and water holes to eat Buffalo wings and watch their favorite teams. That did not happen this fall," Joe Sanderson, chief executive of the No. 4 U.S. chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc, said Thursday.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Recall on Nestlé's "Lean Cuisine" chicken meals

The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to check their freezers for three varieties of Nestlé's "Lean Cuisine" frozen chicken meals that may contain foreign material. One injury has been associated.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 9.5-ounce packages of "LEAN CUISINE PESTO CHICKEN WITH BOW TIE PASTA" brand frozen meals. Printed on each side of each package is a production code of "8280595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best Before MAY 2010."

• 10.5-ounce packages of "LEAN CUISINE CHICKEN MEDITERRANEAN" brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of "8231595912" or "8241595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best before SEP 2010"; a production code of "8263595912," "8269595911" or "8274595912," as well as a use-by date of "Best before OCT 2010"; or, a production code of "8291595912" or "8301595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best before NOV 2010."

• 12.5-ounce packages of "LEAN CUISINE CHICKEN TUSCAN" brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of "8234595911" and a use-by date of "Best before SEP 2009"; a production code of "8253595911" or "8269595912" as well as a use-by date of "Best before OCT 2009"; or, a production code of "8292595911" or "8296595911" as well as a use-by date of "Best before NOV 2009."

Each package also bears the USDA mark of inspection as well as the establishment number "EST P-9018." The frozen chicken meals were produced between August 18 and October 27, 2008.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Top U.S. chicken producer seeks bankruptcy protection

Pilgrim's Pride, the largest chicken producer in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, saying it plans to continue operating while it reorganizes.