Chicken, Turkey, Pheasant, Cornish Game Hen, Duck, Goose, Capon, I’m sure the list goes on.  All are examples of Poultry.

Asian Jungel fowl have been domesticated and raised as food in China for over 3,000 years.  Pigeons, ducks, chicken, and geese were popular birds used in Chinese cuisine.  In Europe domesticated Chickens were rarely used for food and mostly used for cock fighting.  It wasn’t until the 19th century that poultry really caught on as an industry.  As settlers came to the New World, chickens were introduced to America and Turkeys were brought back and introduced to Europe.  The commercial sale of eggs and raising and hatching Poultry didn’t occur until the 1870’s.  The first college department of poultry husbandry was established in 1901 at the Connecticut Agricultural College (UCONN).

The industry really set off after the 1930’s.  Production and consumption of poultry became poultry after World War II,  before than it was not sold in the grocery market.  Before the 1930’s people had chicken’s in their back yard, later there were also places to buy poultry similar to a butcher shop where people could go pick out their chickens.  If a family had chicken breast or cutlets they cleaned an entire chicken for the pieces of meat.  After the 1930’s you could find chicken in the store, and there became an industry for Poultry.

Chickens were domesticated from the Red Junglefowl in Southeast Asia.  And Turkeys domesticated from galliforms in America.

My chicken parm sandwich to celebrate Poultry Day.  After reading all about poultry I can’t help by feel bad flaunting how delicious it was cooked up and served on a platter to me for dinner. These are animals not food!

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