Feral Chickens and Chickens in Fair Oaks

Feral Chickens and Chickens in Fair Oaks

Feral chickens and chickens in Fair Oaks; speaking of chickens, one of my mother’s first jobs as a teenager, besides serving ice cream at Bridgemann’s, was that of a chicken plucker at a chicken factory in Saint Paul. The chickens would come down the assembly line with their broken necks and feet still attached, while factory workers would grab them and furiously pull out their down and feathers—total yuck.

I have no idea how it is done today, and I imagine the chicken factories are completely automated now if they are even still in business. My mother’s chicken plucking days were in the 1940s.

We have many chickens running around in Fair Oaks, California, but nobody tries to grab them and shove the birds into a deep fryer. At least not that I know about. However, the feral chickens who live in Fair Oaks are nowhere near the number of wild chickens in places like Molokai.

You can read more in my personal blog today and find out why there is a stray chicken wandering around the parking lot at Fairytale Town: Chickens in the Road and Fairytale Town

. Elizabeth Weintraub.

Elizabeth’s blog, Feral Chickens and Chickens in Fair Oaks, held a familiar ring. I wanted to add I also worked in a turkey plant in Turlock, California, when I was 16. The turkeys were on an assembly line, all plucked and hosed clean, then hung up on a hook. We each had a specific cut using a very sharp boning knife. There were about 20 workers on the line, all-female. By the time the turkey made its way to the end of the conveyor belt, it was fully boned. Of course, the plant thought I was 18. Elizabeth’s mom and I shared something in common, we both worked in poultry as teenagers.

I have eight chickens currently. In my youth, I would raise and butcher my chickens. Yes, I plucked all the feathers too. My chickens today are 100% pets and provide fresh eggs. When I want chicken for dinner, I go to the grocery store and buy it.

I drove through old Fair Oaks recently, and sure enough, the feral chickens were strutting about.

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