You may be surprised to learn the common or barnyard chicken has an ancestry that can be traced all the way back to the wild jungle fowl of eastern Asia, first mentioned by a Greek author as long ago as 570BC!
The author in question was Aesop, known for his collection of Aesop’s Fables – who wrote the famous expression “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched”.
Chickens were being domesticated in Asia more than 10,000 years ago. Ancient Egypt has records of chickens being kept as far back as the 18th Dynasty, with the annals of Tutmose III suggesting that the humble chook was brought to Egypt from Babylonia.
The earliest illustrations of chickens are found on Corinthian pottery from the 7th century BC, and there are also images on Ancient Greek pottery.
The wide variety of chickens that exist today is due to centuries of selective breeding, pioneered by the Romans who thought that red and black feathered chickens were the best egg layers.
Today the chicken is one of the most common of domestic animals, with a population of more than 24 billion – there are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird. The chicken is also the most popular culinary poultry choice in the world. Chicken can be cooked and served in hundreds of different ways, using recipes developed across numerous cultures. You can roast it, grill it, deepfry it, skewer it, make sausages, put it in salads or serve it in curries. The only real limit is your imagination!
Game Farm Cornfed Chickens are reared in the Sydney basin. Their distinctive colour and taste is due to a specialised hormone-free grain diet which includes up to 30 per cent corn products. This diet gives the birds their golden colour and succulent flavour which makes them ideal for roasting.
To experience the gourmet quality of Game Farm chicken why not try our recipe for Sticky Chinese Cornfed Chicken Drumsticks.