An "Insane" Problem with a Wise Chicken

An "Insane" Problem with a Wise Chicken

Chris Phillips
Feb 9, 2007

The funky chicken, maybe.

But a hairy chicken? At Whole Foods?

Reader Mary purchased a Wise Organic Pastures chicken at the Whole Foods in Manhasset, Long Island last week. "The feather problem was insane," Mary said.

"Looks as if the chickens are not plucked but shaved so there are spurs [ends of the feathers] throughout. It was pretty bad prepping these chickens and I am not exaggerating."

At least the chicken was organic.

Mary says she likes the flavor of the Wise chicken better than her usual choice, Eberly's, but she won't buy the Wise again. They are too much work.

After plucking and pulling the ends of feathers from the badly butchered Wise birds, she resorted to just skinning them. "Those spurs if they fell out would be floating in the gravy."

Mary asked the Kitchen to do a Whole Foods chicken comparison, like we did with the tan spaghetti yesterday.

"I ask that you take two chickens and open them up and see for yourself. One of the chickens was significantly hairier than the other. . . Some were feather shafts chopped off on the ends like with a shaver but some were delicate hairs."

Are you up for checking out the organic chicken at Whole Foods? Do you have hairy chicken experience or other grocery store grossness to share (photos, please!)? Let me know at chris[at]apartmenttherapy[d0t]com.

Shaved or plucked, spatchcock or poussin, we like chicken. As consumerists, the worst part of this story is that Mary hasn't heard back from the emails she sent to Wise or Whole Foods yet. Let us know if you do, Mary.

[Photo by Deborah Drower via Flickr]

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