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Did we eat much poultry ?(Chicken, eggs etc...) in paleo times?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Im wondering were birds and their eggs a common source of food for us back then ? , because wouldnt they have been harder to hunt and possably less attractive to eat compared to what else was available , i can see ourselves hunting wild animals .....but possibly not chasing after birds. Did we eat alot of poultry ? is it as paleo as regular meat ?

...im asking this because i dont seem to do to well on poultry, it seems to have a bad effect on my skin (acne) and it just irritates my skin, and this is from the best quality chicken/turkey/eggs around.

Any answers ?

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:53 AM

I wonder if today's cattle is closer to their wild counterparts than today's poultry is... Something to look into I suppose!

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:45 AM

@thhq Goes to show the variety among native peoples and the dependence on what was available. Since buffalo were so heavily stocked in the Plains, it was the main food source for plains Indians. Though for tribes closer to the coast or in more wooded areas, seafood and fowl were more common. Good point about poultry size then vs. now.

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Bird points are pretty common arrowheads. I'm sure paleos ate any bird they could catch and would have stolen any eggs they could find, but wild birds are not continuous layers or as big as today's poultry.

2c7026111493687e2d619c9e20e47915

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:04 PM

Me too - much better on red meat and wild caught seafood

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on October 12, 2012
at 09:06 PM

I second the mention on pork. Certain cuts of pork give me stomach issues.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on October 12, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I third the dark meat love! To me, white meat tastes like...nothing.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on October 12, 2012
at 09:00 PM

With you on the dark meat and skin (which is the best part, imo). White meat is just too dry.

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on October 12, 2012
at 08:17 PM

How do you do on pork? Chicken and pork have higher amounts of PUFAs - could be the cause of skin inflammation.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on October 12, 2012
at 08:16 PM

i'm a skin and dark meat lover, too. i leave the white meat for my family. it works out well because they say the dark meat is too fatty... hence the reason i love it! ha

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on October 12, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I don't know much about the paleolithic era, but I know the Comanche natives only ate poultry when absolutely necessary. Otherwise they preferred bison, deer, and elk. I've heard this is a common theme for many hunter-gatherers as one large animal would feed more people than a small bird would.

I'm with you about poultry. While I don't have and "problems" eating poultry, I feel much better on red meat.

2c7026111493687e2d619c9e20e47915

(693)

on October 12, 2012
at 11:04 PM

Me too - much better on red meat and wild caught seafood

Medium avatar

(10611)

on October 12, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Bird points are pretty common arrowheads. I'm sure paleos ate any bird they could catch and would have stolen any eggs they could find, but wild birds are not continuous layers or as big as today's poultry.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 13, 2012
at 01:53 AM

I wonder if today's cattle is closer to their wild counterparts than today's poultry is... Something to look into I suppose!

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 13, 2012
at 01:45 AM

@thhq Goes to show the variety among native peoples and the dependence on what was available. Since buffalo were so heavily stocked in the Plains, it was the main food source for plains Indians. Though for tribes closer to the coast or in more wooded areas, seafood and fowl were more common. Good point about poultry size then vs. now.

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Dc69594b2a1bbc32a6389924248387d6

on October 12, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I think eggs would have been a relatively easy source of protein for them. And eggs can be eaten at any stage in development. So that would give them more incentive to seek them out while foraging for vegetables and berries.

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5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

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on October 12, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Depended on seasonal availability and region. I personally prefer white meat like fish, chicken and turkey over red meat. But it has to be the fatty parts of the bird, like the skin and dark meat. For red meat, i like oxtail, ribs and organs.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on October 12, 2012
at 09:00 PM

With you on the dark meat and skin (which is the best part, imo). White meat is just too dry.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 12, 2012
at 08:16 PM

i'm a skin and dark meat lover, too. i leave the white meat for my family. it works out well because they say the dark meat is too fatty... hence the reason i love it! ha

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 12, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I third the dark meat love! To me, white meat tastes like...nothing.

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:38 AM

When I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington state, I almost stepped on a grouse nearly every day. The darn things are slow. They hide in the bushes next to the trail. If they wouldn't move, I'd never know they were there. I would startle them and they'd run out from under the bush. But they ran so slow if I just had a basket or net I could throw it over and have a delicious chicken-sized bird for lunch.

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