Not surprisingly (see previous post), I woke up this morning thinking again of chickens.  My thought is that maybe if I take the time to share some of the observations I’ve made about Panamanian chickens, I will be able to move on to a different topic. Here’s what I know so far:

1.Definitely “free range” and organic –judging by the ones in our neighborhood, they have a very spacious area in which to roam, and I can’t imagine that they’re being injected with antibiotics and hormones

2. The meat looks different.   (Perhaps because they are genuinenly free range/organic?)  Even after being cooked, the muscles and      tendons are much more defined than I’ve ever seen on a US piece of   chicken. It bothers me a little, only because it looks so much like my   dissection project in A&P 2 years ago.

3. Chicken feet on a live  chicken, are unremarkable. Chicken feet, as sold in the meat section next to the chicken breast, have a bit of an “ick” factor.

4.  The eggs are the freshest I’ve ever had. There will frequently be  dirt and feathers stuck on the outside of eggs. The yolks are bright, brilliant orange.

5. Roosters “say” different things in different circumstances.   Throughout the day, not just at daybreak.   They raise a ruckus when they hear the neighborhood dogs bark. They scream out an alarm when someone ventures too close to the chicken coop. They have only one volume — very, very loud. They “chat” with their neighborhood friends — and get quite agitated at times if they don’t get  a prompt answer. ( If I were better at this whole blogging thing, I would attach a voice memo so you could get a true appreciation of  what an agitated rooster sounds like. One day, perhaps, for now I’m still working on the basics. Like formatting, which I clearly don’t have quite right for this post.)

There. My chicken facts for the day. Feel free to add anything you think is relevant.

Dinner tonight will be meatballs.  Beef, not chicken.