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With so many animals, why do we eat so much chicken?

I’m curious about something. Why do we eat so much chicken? The other birds must have formed a marketing committee. That’s all I can think of as a reason

Look at all of the amazing birds that must be out there waiting to be eaten. Imagine how delicious they must taste! Think about it, the flamingo probably tastes like a million dollars and we will never know. I bet it tastes a lot like Bald Eagle or Spotted Owl.

Imagine if a smart person were to go looking for the best tasting poultry on earth, and bring it to America and breed them in large quantities. That would be so cool!

P.S. I realize we do also eat a lot of turkey, but why limit the selection to just a handful?

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

23 replies on “With so many animals, why do we eat so much chicken?”

That made me laugh!

We do eat gourmet Emu in Australia – you’re welcome to import them to America, breed them in large quantities, and have the homing pigeon mentor them to deliver parcels faster than UPS…

You can get ostrich here in AZ, though they require a lot of food for less meat than a turkey would give. Its an interesting thought. Maybe it has to do with how chickens were bred and how completely and utterly stupid they are. I think we have chosen to breed and eat animals based on their intelligence. Thats why we have cow instead of horse, chicken instead of duck (mostly), fish instead of giant squid.

Thats my theory.

Yeah, I thought of Ostrich but can’t even recall ever eating it. The strangest things I have eaten are whale (in Norway), Bear (here in phoenix at a french restaurant), and Elk.

It’s because white people in western nations are shit-scared of eating anything “weird”. Hell, I actually know people who’re still too scared to eat raw fish. We’re still jumping up and down decrying some asian cultures because they eat dog (yes, a lot of people do eat dog) and anything else we think is “sacrosanct”. We whinge about the Japanese eating whale, even though they don’t actually kill endagered animals.

Mr Funk probably has a point… I have a thing about offal! But it might also be because of chickens’ long history of domestication, and therefore relative docility.

It’s really quite recently that chicken has become so affordable. My parents tell me it certainly wasn’t the case when they were young, and I certainly ate less of it when I was growing up. That probably changed during my teens (20+ years ago).

I can’t imagine factory-farming of emus or ostriches.

Ostrich is almost like a red meat. Its nothing to write home about. You can get ostrich burgers at Hadley’s outside of Palm Springs. (If you’ve never been there i would highly recommend the date shake)

I know that kangaroo is a popular meat. But not a bird.

Speaking of chickens i just got two chickens the other day for pets. They are something for my daughter to play with since the ducks dont like to be caught, and she is a little rough on the cats.

Basically, It comes down to ease and cost. Chickens are (for the most part, they can kinda hover) flightless, which means easier to keep in. They have a ton of meat on them for their size. They produce eggs that seem to be just the right size.

As far as why we pick some animals over others… We want lazy animals. Lazy animals have less developed muscle, so they are more tender and moist. The meat in a chicken breast and the meat in the drumstick are not different. The only difference is that the drumstick does most of the work, and the breast does almost none.

As far as weird food. I try everything, I’ve eaten fried tarantulas, caramel covered beetles, all kinds of lizards, frogs, gator. Most kinds of fish, deer, elk, buffalo (yes, even mountain oysters), emu, ostrich (love the eggs). I’ve even eaten raw grubworms (on a dare), and they actually aren’t as nasty as you might think (wont be eating them again though).

I still come back to chicken, cow, and pig. Why? Because they suit my pallet. Most of the weird stuff is very gamy, fishy, or bitter (bugs). I like chicken and pork, and love cow. I like dear jerky, and turkey at thanksgiving. I’m not afraid to try things, i just already know what I like.

We are creatures of habit (and sometimes not very creative!). As for the Joshua saying chicken, cow and pig – because they suit my pallet….This is why the great chefs of the world go out on a limb and prepare sea urchin. This is why sushi restaurants are popping up all over big cities – the refined palate needs more than just Chicken à la King and McDo. What you eat has become about your social class and education.

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Ostrich is almost like a red meat. Its nothing to write home about. You can get ostrich burgers at Hadley’s outside of Palm Springs. (If you’ve never been there i would highly recommend the date shake)

I know that kangaroo is a popular meat. But not a bird.

Speaking of chickens i just got two chickens the other day for pets. They are something for my daughter to play with since the ducks dont like to be caught, and she is a little rough on the cats.

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I still come back to chicken, cow, and pig. Why? Because they suit my pallet. Most of the weird stuff is very gamy, fishy, or bitter (bugs). I like chicken and pork, and love cow. I like dear jerky, and turkey at thanksgiving. I’m not afraid to try things, i just already know what I like.

I’m not afraid to try things, i just already know what I like. I still come back to chicken, cow, and pig. Why? Because they suit my pallet. Most of the weird stuff is very gamy, fishy, or bitter (bugs). I like chicken and pork, and love cow. I like dear jerky, and turkey at thanksgiving.

Your all retarded, the only reason we eat chicken so much is because it tastes great, and you can mass produce it very quick, the chicken turns into full adult in only 21 days, the fastest growing animal on the planet, we don’t eat Horses because we have had a long history with them and they have been trough war and everything else with us, humans don’t eat horses, we don’t eat dogs because they have always helped us since the beginning when they were first domesticated, we don’t eat cats because they have always been pets. we eat cows because same as the chicken, it produces milk,and it does nothing but eat grass all day, i think cows are disgusting to eat, milk is the only reason humans should use them for. chicken meat is best.

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