STAY CALM, AND WATCH IT IN SLOW MOTION
FUN Video of a chicken filmed in slow motion. Enjoy!
By Adam Minter | Bloomberg – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 12:03 PM EDT article was copied and pasted from:
Would you willingly eat a chicken nuggets processed in a country that has no intention of meeting U.S. food-safety standards? Most Americans likely wouldn't.
That may explain why the U.S. Department of Agriculture waited until Friday -- the day before a long holiday weekend -- to announce that it had ended a ban on Chinese chicken imports by approving four Chinese poultry processors to ship processed ("heat-treated/cooked") chicken to the U.S. The report on the approved poultry plants noted that the audit set out to "to determine whether the People's Republic of China's (PRC) food safety system governing poultry processing remains equivalent to that of the United States (U.S.), with the ability to produce products that are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled." Needless to say, the Chinese plants passed.
Initially, at least, the chickens will be slaughtered in the U.S. (or another nation that's allowed to export slaughtered chicken to the U.S.), then shipped to China for processing and re-export. That's the good news. The bad news is that, according to the New York Times, no USDA inspectors will be present in the Chinese processing plants (despite the fact that China has never before been allowed to export chicken to the U.S.), thus offering consumers no guarantees where the processed chickens were in fact slaughtered. Even worse, because the birds will be processed, the USDA will not require point-of-origin labeling (under USDA rules, foods that have been cooked aren't subject to point-of-origin labeling). In other words: Consumers will have no way to tell if those chicken nuggets in the supermarket freezer were processed in the U.S. or in China.
That's a big problem. For more than a decade, China has earned a reputation as one of the world's worst food-safety offenders. In just the last year, consumers have been confronted with a bird flu outbreak, news of sales of 46-year-old chicken feet and reports of poisonous fake mutton. These are not isolated incidents, but rather the most spectacular instances of a crisis that has become so severe that some consumers now smuggle quantities of infant milk formula from foreign countries into China so as to avoid buying potentially tainted Chinese dairy products.
The Chinese government, sensitive to people's beliefs that it isn't doing enough to protect their food supply, has made a point of regular, ineffective crackdowns on food-safety violators. Yet in July, when a senior Chinese policy maker involved in developing new food safety standards was asked at a press conference if and when it would meet developed-world standards, he conceded that it would, instead, have to meet China's "national condition" as a developing country. In other words: China's food supply cannot meet USDA standards.
China's "national condition" has already seemingly had a harmful effect on its poultry – and on U.S. consumers unlucky enough to have bought it for their pets. (The U.S. allows chicken imports for animal consumption.) As of December 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that it had received reports of 501 dog deaths (and thousands of dog sicknesses), many seemingly from chicken jerky treats manufactured in China, dating back to 2007. But the department has so far been unable to pinpoint a cause for the problem, and the Chinese have been unwilling to volunteer one.
What was the USDA thinking when it decided to sign-off on Chinese processed chicken exports for humans? Probably not the best interest of American consumers. Rather, U.S. beef and poultry producers have long sought to have the restrictions lifted in hope of encouraging Beijing to reciprocate and open its huge market to more U.S. meat exports (U.S. beef is currently banned for import into China). It's a reasonable goal, and one that the USDA should pursue -- just not at the expense of a safe U.S. food supply.
(Adam Minter is the Shanghai correspondent for Bloomberg's World View blog and a contributor to the Ticker. Follow him on Twitter.)
If you have ever raised chickens from chicks you have probably discovered that juvies (like all teenagers) don't like going to bed.
Here's a trick: When it is time to move the chicks from the brooder to the coop, turn a light on in the coop just before dusk (battery op. lights with timer work great) and the chicks will jump right in as soon as it starts getting dark. Do this for a couple of weeks and you're golden. Be sure to turn off lights when you close the door.
My friend told me a funny story I thought I'd share.
Sadly, a bob cat has been coming into our pasture during the day and stealing our chickens. (This is not the funny part!)
We have gone to great lengths in an attempt to keep the cat out including raising our fence from 6 feet to 9 feet and adding an electric wire. Unfortunately, fort knocks does not keep this Cat Burglar out.
My friends, the one I promised to tell you about, was talking to her kids about my frustrations over the bob cat and her daughter blurted-out: " I feel sorry for the Portuguese".
My friend was shocked and surprised that her daughter would blurt that out, so for clarification she asked: "What did you say?, and her daughter repeated: "I feel sorry for the Portuguese"!
At this point my friend was getting upset and told her daughter not to be dis-respectful to the Portuguese and her daughter replied: " I did not say Portuguese I said Poor Chickies". They spent the rest of the night laughing.
Okay, we are finally done with the covered run over the Polish Pen breeding pen. Three days of hard labor and my precious chickies are safe from the bob cats.
I am calling the new run the chicken church because I felt like an Amish Farmer as we raised the roof one truss at a time.
I'd like to thanks my friend and carpenter Brian for an amazing job, and my good friend Maylynn who is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. I keep teasing her that I will eventually turn her into a Farmer - she does not believe me... Roof going up over the rare and exotic pen. The Bob Cat has claimed 35 beauties from this pen since June. We tried raising the fence from 6' to 9' and adding a hot wire and the cat just climbed over, so we had to resort to a roof. Unfortuantely, this means the chickens will have limited access to the hillside until the cat realize there's no more chicken ala carte here.
Picture #1 roof going up, Picture #2 Rooster Phil telling us if the Trusses are straight. More pictures to come once it's complete
I'm thrilled to let you know that Just Struttin Farm was recently featured in Karen's Pavone's Farm to Table blog in the Novato Patch. If you are not familiar with the Patch, you should definitely check it out and tell your friends The Patch is an on-line community based paper that keeps you in the know of the local happenings. Here is a direct link to the Just Struttin Article, but please be sure to check out Karen's past blogs and other Patch news. http://novato.patch.com/blog_posts/just-struttin-farm-is-egg-ceptional#photo-8130065
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I'd like to personally thank Tim and Tamera Mock from the Coffee Roasters who have generously offered to host the "honor box" in front of their drive-thru coffee shop. Yes, it is still based on a self-serve "honor box" system where you take the eggs and leave the money in the cash box. Eggs are $5 per dozen unless specially marked. Oh... and while you're there be sure to try their coffee, tea or goodies.
1551 South Novato Blvd
(next to Tommy Salsas and across the street from Chevron)
When: Tuesay, Thursday and Saturdays
Time: 7:30 am until the eggs are gone
Yep, you read that right. We now have "Olive Eggers"
We crossed a Dark Brown egg laying hen, with a blue egg gene roosters and the resulting babies lay - you guest it... olive colored eggs.
I am thrilled with the color but my husband is repulsed and think they look un-appetizing. You will have to judge for yourself..... oh and just in case you are wondering.. olive eggs are just as delicious as all our eggs.
We are currently only getting 4 olive eggs a day.... so count yourself lucky if you find one in your carton.
We will be offering "Olive Egger" chicks next year... so if you love the olive colored eggs as much as I do... be sure to get on our wait list.