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Perdue Farms

Poultry processing, a thankless job

Poultry processing, a thankless job

Americans love chicken, and the day we love it most is today, Super Bowl Sunday, when we will consume 1.3 billion chicken wings. But how does a live chicken turn into a bag of frozen Buffalo wings? Who's doing the hard work of hanging, trimming and freezing the chicken?

In 2014, over a quarter billion chickens came from the Eastern Shore of Maryland; the state ranks ninth in the country in raising chickens for their meat, and the industry creates almost $1 billion in revenue here. Maryland is also home to the third largest chicken company in the United States: Perdue is an industry giant, having been founded and guided by three generations of the Perdue family, and now employing...