Parts are parts


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/40th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

Students in Bret Harte School’s agriculture program in Angels Camp, in part, raise chickens as fryers for food. This time of year, morning temperatures in the Lode can still be a bit chilly and there was a little frost on some roof tops in Angels Camp when I arrived at about 8:00 a.m. on April 29.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm 125mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

Students Hayley Lawson and Breanne Roque gave Reporter Dana Nichols and me a tour of the facility.  Heat lamps kept the chickens from freezing to death in their pen in program’s metal barn-like structure. Groups of the birds huddle around each of the several glowing red lights. Some restaurants employ similar lamps to keep food warm before it’s served to the customers. The Bret Harte program used them to keep the chickens comfortable before they become an entree.

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