March 13, 2010 |
Hundreds of genetic mutations accumulated over thousands of years have transformed the red jungle fowl of South Asia into the domesticated chickens that are a fixture on farms -- and dining tables -- worldwide, according to a scientific analysis of poultry DNA published this week in the journal Nature. Swedish and American scientists identified about 7.5 million genetic variations between domesticated chickens and the jungle fowl, their primary wild ancestor. Then the scientists zeroed in on a few dozen differences that seemed particularly important based on their frequent prevalence in eight distinct populations of birds raised for meat or eggs.
January 8, 2004 |
In the latest battle against the strutting, free-roaming population of cocks, hens and chicks, officials in Florida's southernmost city are hiring a local barber to catch and curb the feathered fowl. Key West's city commission agreed Tuesday to pay as much as $20,000 to hire Key West native Armando Para to capture the birds and haul them out of town, probably to a farm in Brooksville, Fla., north of Tampa. "There's some places chickens shouldn't be," Para said.
June 15, 1993
It's almost the end of an era with the announcement (May 14) that Sears is selling off its Coldwell Banker residential real estate business. The 1980s business school MBA graduates mesmerized industry leaders with smoke and mirrors about the potential synergism of a financial empire wherein home buyers would buy Sears refrigerators, Allstate insurance, Dean Witter stocks, ad infinitum. This class of MBAs had literally no experience in the real world of business, yet it convinced corporate executives with words they wanted to hear.
January 16, 2003 |
The highly contagious exotic Newcastle disease spread to a fifth commercial poultry flock in California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The new outbreak was found in San Bernardino County. The discovery makes two commercial flocks in that county and a total of five in the state infected with the disease. All contaminated or exposed chickens are being killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2009 |
It all started with the 1969 crash of a poultry truck on the Hollywood Freeway -- an Egg-Alert, you could call it. "I tried to avoid a lady who cut in front of me, and I turned over," driver Joe Silbert told The Times in 2000. "I was taking anywhere from 500 to 1,000 chickens back from the Valley to a slaughterhouse in L.A." As eggs exploded, many of the birds spilled out and escaped into the brush near the Vineland Avenue onramp in Studio City. Silbert gave chase but estimated that at least 200 chickens made their way to freedom.
May 6, 1997 |
Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" isn't a totally absurd title. Araucana hens lay green (and blue) eggs. * Ever since President Bush sent tons of dark chicken meat to Russia in 1991, citizens have referred to the hindquarters as "Bush legs." * A French acrobat once fried eggs and ate them while walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. * According to theologians, the book of Genesis answers the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg.
December 31, 1987 |
Bacteria levels in uncooked chicken are "grossly understated" by federal officials, according to an internal U.S. Department of Agriculture document recently published by a food industry trade journal. The memo found fault with established methods of calculating the number of bacteria, including salmonella, present on chickens at processing plants.
March 12, 1987 |
A tractor-trailer rig lost its cargo today, spilling 5,000 live chickens onto Interstate 70, state police said. "Chickens are everywhere," a police dispatcher said after the pre-dawn accident in southwestern Pennsylvania. Police closed a stretch of the highway until the chickens--dead or alive--were rounded up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2012 |
Pam King's San Marino home has solar panels, a drought-resistant yard and an urban farm. Now she'd like some chickens to go with it. The city known as the wealthiest, quietest suburban enclave in the San Gabriel Valley doesn't allow residents to keep farm animals, but that may soon change. This month King asked the San Marino City Council to allow chickens on residential properties, and council members ordered a staff report. If San Marino goes to the birds, it would join Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge, which allow residents to keep fowl under strict guidelines.
December 20, 1989 |
Egg City in Moorpark, once the world's largest chicken ranch, won a labor victory Friday when a state board upheld a 1986 vote by the farm's employees to end representation by the United Farm Workers. "We're delighted that the vote the people made has been upheld, and we hope the facility will be able to move forward," said Richard Carrot, one of Egg City's owners. The State Agricultural Labor Relations Board's decision affirmed the findings made in June by an administrative judge.