07/20/19 3:00pm

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I stepped outside one evening last week to give some stale bread to my granddaughter’s free-range chickens when an unexpected visitor showed up.

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09/22/17 10:00am
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | The backyard chicken coop at the Island home of Myla Dougherty, the author’s granddaughter. From left: Chicken Little, Turtle, Chopped Licker, Fluffy, Einstein and Scruffy.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | The backyard chicken coop at the Island home of Myla Dougherty, the author’s granddaughter. From left: Chicken Little, Turtle, Chopped Licker, Fluffy, Einstein and Scruffy.

I remember many years ago when I was growing up in the city, the only chickens I ever saw were wrapped in brown paper and available in the neighborhood butcher shop.

Chicken was a good protein staple that appeared on the table roasted for a Sunday dinner or in pieces or cutlets for a weekday meal. I never remember any worries about disease. The meat I remember having to be careful of was pork. Trichinosis was the problem with under-cooked pork. It went without saying  that chicken was always cooked thoroughly.  (more…)