“Hog meat and chicken were our meats. My mother would wring a chicken’s neck; it’s quicker and easier that way, but sometimes she would lay the head on a chop block and cut the head off with an ax. Mother would fry young chickens. Old chickens, she would stew them and make dumplings or gravy. Chickens were better to eat back when they ran out in the yard. They’re not good these days, I don’t eat ’em no more. I just got turned against ’em. This fast-growing feed they eat is just not good. People of today eat too much junk food to be healthy.
~Ruth Swanson Hunter, Young Harris, Georgia – “Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread & Scuppernong Wine”
Just last week I was talking with a co-worker about chickens. He harvests his for meat as well as uses them as an egg supply for himself and to share. He pretty much had the same views as Mrs. Hunter.