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Chickens are now 4 times bigger than they used to be! And this image is dated by 13 years!! While growth hormones and steroids are illegal in the U.S. poultry industry unlike other meat industries farmers often use antibiotics as growth agents along with breed selectivity.
Rapid growth in chickens can result in leg disorders including bone deformities lameness and ruptured tendons as well as bolic diseases. It’s been noted that many factory-farmed chickens are unable to hold up their own weight and are even missing feathers on their chests because they spend an unusual amount of time sitting.
One study found that when given the choice broiler chickens will even choose to self-medicate with feed that contains painkillers even if that feed tastes worse than their regular feed. In her book "Wild Health" biologist Cindy Engels pointed to this as evidence that the animals were in pain or suffering. 😢
Note The chickens shown were all raised in the same manner and photographed at the same age. The Huffington Post added the dates to this image. Poultry Science Advanced Access 2014 doi 10.3382/ps.2014-04291 Figure 1 Zuidhof et al “Growth efficiency and yield of commercial broilers from 1957 1978 and 2005”
These images are from POULTRY SCIENCE
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