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   Undertoad  Tuesday May 21 01:18 PM

5/21/2002: Featherless chicken

It was photoshopped not once but twice on Fark, so I'm a little reluctant to use this shot as the IotD when it's the last day of our classified ad there. I try not to use major Fark images but this one is just too damn good, and most of our regular folks are not farkers.

And new user "lawman" sent it in as a suggestion. Sure, why not? (Thanks!)

And the Fark folks won't have gotten the info on it, which lawman passed along, and is just as interesting:

The quick story: someday most chickens could look like this. A geneticist developed this bird by cross-breeding. The featherless version is good for the environment, because you don't have a load of feathers left over after processing, and feather removal also consumes massive amounts of water.

But it's also good to help keep the birds cool as they grow, and to help chickens live better in hot climates.

Joe  Tuesday May 21 01:41 PM


If you ever wanted more evidence that birds evolved out of dinosaurs, there ya go.

dave  Tuesday May 21 01:41 PM

It should also be noted that the featherless chicken is less fatty, as not having feathers means it requires less fat. So it'll be better for you too. Wahoo!

BubbleSculptor  Tuesday May 21 01:50 PM

Dinos -> Birds

I worked at several ostrich farms for almost 5 years, and being in the midst of a herd of hundreds birds running around you, it feels just like the scene in Jurassic Park where the dinosaurs run past the people. Not that Jurassic Park is authentic in any sort, but that's just how it felt.

Griff  Tuesday May 21 01:51 PM

Not real purty though. We're testing out a few different breeds here, they roam freely during the day and have to be suitable for eggs and meat. I don't see this guy out-witting a hawk or fox.

edit smelling earrors

dox  Tuesday May 21 02:21 PM

Not to mention... increase corporate profits

They are also trying to create birds with no beaks so they can put more birds in a single cage without the birds pecking each other to death.

I'm all for technological progress. However, corporate progress and technological progress are not the same thing.

lawman  Tuesday May 21 03:15 PM

So which is uglier, this featherless bird, or the hairless cat... (at least most of us don't eat cats...)

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Griff  Tuesday May 21 03:36 PM

I'm thinking pay per view.

Undertoad  Tuesday May 21 03:46 PM

Corporate progress vs. technical progress not the same: true, although that discussion would take us another 40 posts and probably belong in Politics as well, so despite my instincts... I'm not gonna touch that one!

Nic Name  Tuesday May 21 06:28 PM

Go Leafs Go

... or in Toronto.

sypher  Tuesday May 21 08:06 PM

Battery Farming

Wow, thats a spooky looking chicken, looks like its already been marinaded in tandoori sauce ready to eat

One of the things the uk media has reported about this today (sorry, no link) is that this kind of beast will fare much better in the overcrowded battery farming system due to it not overheating and perishing prematurely.

Bitman  Tuesday May 21 09:50 PM

Once in a while, I'll see a sci-fi show staged on another planet, and marvel at the alien, hairless, fleshy beasts that inhabit it.

Apparantly I was looking at Earth's future all along. But we knew that, didn't we?

Nothing But Net  Tuesday May 21 10:10 PM

And this is how you cook 'em

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Undertoad  Wednesday May 22 04:40 PM

Hey followup images!

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