The fresh kind that still go ¡cuckoo! in the morning. The feather-y ones with claws and beaks still walking around at breakfast time.
One of my favorite feeding experiences – was to give a fried chicken leg to a hungry little child.
He was covered in sores and his hair had turned pale at the drop in nutrition after the loss of his mommy. He’d had a tough day – especially for a four-year-old.
Brought to one of our international centers for help – we had carefully bathed him, and dressed him in new clothes before setting him down carefully at our picnic table for a nice meal.
We placed a plate in front of him, which was empty but he raised his little nose to the smell of goods coming in on the air from the kitchen.
He stared forward seated and was slightly in shock, and did not move.
We moved carefully around him and filled his plate, as he continued to sit stock still – as if in some kind of unbelievable trance.
This happens often with rescue babies.
“Do you think that he knows that this food is for him?” Asked a volunteer, and she carelessly reached over his shoulder and grabbed the chicken leg from his plate to wave it around –”
Immediately, a shriek filled the air. The little boy screamed bloody murder, holding that note and looking directly at me.
“I think he does.” I smiled. “I’d suggest you put that chicken leg back down on his plate.”
The volunteer dropped the chicken leg in her shock.
I nodded to his constant gaze as he grabbed up his portion – and he began to eat slowly with his fingers.
As I crossed the room, celebrating the goodness of this healthy meal with him, he dropped his shoulder and continued to follow me with his eyes across the room – and snapped a picture of pure starving-toddler gratitude.
Often, when children are in starvation syndromes, we have to be very careful about how we start their re-feeding therapy.
We are always grateful to see the spark of life in the ones that gobble up their plates.
Chicken provides great nutrition for reversing syndromes of both marasmus and kwashiorkor which are very common in our village.
We love to make good chicken soups, baked chicken and more.
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Read our other post about chickens.
I usually wouldn’t post so long of an excerpt on our blog – except for that I feel like this is good information. Here’s a brief history of chicken as food from Wikipedia, click on the link to learn more:
Chicken as a meat has been depicted in Babylonian carvings from around 600 BC. Chicken was one of the most common meats available in the Middle Ages. It was eaten over most of the Eastern hemisphere and a number of different kinds of chicken such as capons, pullets and hens were eaten. It was one of the basic ingredients in blancmange, a stew usually consisting of chicken and fried onions cooked in milk and seasoned with spices and sugar.
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