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  •  Have you noticed the average size... (10+ / 0-)

    of a chicken in the stores these days? I remember when a 3 1/2 pounder was consider big. Now, I have trouble even finding one that's under 5 pounds. I don't know what they are feeding them, but I suspect it's probably not good for us!

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Sat Oct 02, 2010 at 05:58:43 PM PDT

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    •  Don't they also pump them with water? (3+ / 0-)
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      by alliedoc on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 03:41:32 AM PDT

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    •  Always suspect the worst (1+ / 0-)
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      The thing that's annoying about posts in food diaries is that when people don't know something, they make up an evil explanation to compensate.

      Here's one thing I know from experience: if you don't slaughter chickens when they weigh 3 pounds, they eventually get to 5 pounds. Ours probably used to get to about 8 pounds (after butchering) because we always put things off. It also depends on the breed.

      I have no idea why chickens are bigger, but here's another possibility: it costs the same to process and bag a 6 pound chicken as it does to process and bag a 3 pound chicken. But, if the price per pound is the same, a 6 pound chicken sells for twice as much. Now it does cost more to feed a chicken to 6 pounds, but the cost of feed is, well ... chicken feed.

      And given the economy, and the way some food prices have dropped, you can sell a 6 pound chicken for less per pound than a 3 pound chicken and still make more money, or at least the same profit. So people forced to use food stamps or just watch their budget more closely will still buy chickens.

      Whether that's true or not, I have no idea - maybe it is some evil plot. But we buy whole fryers and watch the price carefully. When it's under $1 per pound, we buy a bunch and freeze them.It seems to me the cheaper chickens are bigger than when the price is back up to almost $2 per pound. And this is all labeled chickens from the same relatively local producer at a locally-owned grocery (and definitely not Perdue or Tyson or Wal-mart) and, even having raised our own as comparison, the quality seems to be pretty good.

      If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the administration.

      by badger on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 12:00:30 PM PDT

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