Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

The earliest record of anyone asking “Why did the chicken cross the road?” appeared in 1847, in a monthly New York magazine called The Knickerbocker.  The answer, as printed in the magazine: “Because it wanted to get to the other side.”   Since then, the question has spawned an infinite number of variations, and even… Read More »

Why Do Chickens Wipe Their Beaks?

Why Do Chickens Wipe Their Beaks?

The easy answer to the question “Why do chickens wipe their beaks?” is because they’re birds. Beak wiping involves rapidly scraping alternating sides of the beak on the ground or other surface. It’s an important activity for all birds, except maybe waterfowl.   But why they do it remains something of a mystery, even to… Read More »

Do Ducks Have a Penis?

Do Ducks Have a Penis?

A male duck has a penis, unless it falls off. But that’s getting ahead of the story.   Like most birds, chickens don’t have a penis. But ducks, geese, and other waterfowl are among the few species that do have a penis. It’s a long, corkscrew appendix that remains inside-out, tucked within the duck’s body… Read More »

Do Roosters Have a Penis?

Do Roosters Have a Penis?

Like the males of 97 percent of all bird species, a rooster does not have a penis. An incubated egg that will become a rooster starts to develop a penis, but early in the second week of embryonic development, a cell death protein called Bmp4 cloaks the incipient penis, causing it to stop developing and… Read More »

Green Goose: The Cook’s View of the Goose Tribe

Green Goose: The Cook’s View of the Goose Tribe

By: Victoria Brady Thehistoricfoodie.wordpress.com   While some undoubtedly keep geese as pets or raise them just to sell, country folk and homesteaders often raise them for the table. This has not changed since the beginning of Goosedom. The noble turkey springs to mind when thinking of a special occasion meal but, while less common, the… Read More »

Raising Geese Before the Popularity of Incubators

Raising Geese Before the Popularity of Incubators

Guest Post by Victoria Brady Thehistoricfoodie.wordpress.com   The following comments are taken from “Ducks and Geese” published by Reliable Poultry Journal Publishing Company published in 1904. Varieties discussed were the White and Brown Chinese, the African, the Emden and the Toulouse, the latter two growing by far larger than the others.   The Emden was… Read More »