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Oh My! Those are Small Breasts!

Delaware Chicken

Delaware Chicken

The size of a chicken’s breast varies depending on the breed. Delaware chickens, a heritage breed we raised last year, have small breasts compared to a Cornish X. The Cornish X is not a breed of chicken but a chicken developed from selective breeding. They also grow very differently; heritage birds take about 14 – 18 weeks to maturity vs 6 to 8 weeks for the Cornish X. Mother Earth News published an article comparing the two types.

Below is a very good oven-fried chicken recipe that I think is much better with my small-breasted heritage chickens.

Oven-Fried Chicken
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper
1 chicken cut up
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter

Combine the first 6 ingrediants. Dip the chicken in milk then roll it in the cornmeal mixture. Place in a greased 13 x 9 2 baking dish. Drizzle with the butter. Bake uncovered at 375º for 50 – 55 minutes.

Lance Tells Oprah How Cow Jumped Over The Moon

Art by William Wallace Denslow

Art by William Wallace Denslow

Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon,
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

So how does a “cow jump over the moon”? Well, it turns out that cow was using steroids. And it is perfectly legal.

“Since the 1950s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of steroid hormone drugs for use in beef cattle and sheep, including natural estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and their synthetic versions.” Federal regulations do not allow steroids when raising pork, poultry, and goats for food. Producers of organic meat may not use steroids.

When you are sick and tired of hearing about the Lance interview, check out these fact sheets from the USDA.