The History Behind One of Our Favorite Meats

Did you know that 99% of the chickens we eat are all the same? I actually didn’t know that before my dad told me a few days ago. I thought that the ratio of eating/sleeping chickens to wild chickens was much different. 75% to 25% would be my guess.

After I tell you some information, you’ll be thinking that a chicken has the saddest life on earth. If you have never been to a chicken farm before, you will see that all these little animals do is eat, eat, eat, and sleep (the two things that are best for getting fat).  Out of all the animals I know about, the chicken definitely has the worst and most boring lifespan. The average time a chicken lives is only 7-8 years. Chickens are a popular farm animal because not only are they convenient, but also have low needs. Just a simple box of corn everyday.

It’s almost as though chickens are getting tricked. While they do get 7-8 years of constant corn (one of a chicken’s favorite meals), they consume the grains only to get slaughtered. I have to admit, chicken can taste very good, but that’s not the only food a chicken can produce. What about EGGS!? Chicken owners should let the poor animals live a few more years because than they could focus on collecting eggs. Honestly, I like eggs better than chicken and think that they are more of an important cooking ingredient.

I want to give a shout out to my friend Andrew and his whole family because they have around 10 chickens and not one of them has suffered. They use the chickens for their eggs and even use them to clean up and fertilize trees and weeds.

So, what could you do to help chickens?

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Eric says:

    Very sad. Humans are going to destroy all the animals that aren’t pets or that we can’t eat. All the broiler chickens we eat are bred to grow super fast and so they have a bunch of problems. I think we should all live on Uncle Dave’s farm.

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  2. Cathy says:

    Nate, friends of mine have chickens that are free roam all day long. They seem very content and happy, and their eggs are the best! I wish all animals could be raised so humanely. Thank you for pointing out this serious issue.

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    1. n8chen says:

      I totally want to visit your friends’ chickens. They seem super cool!

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  3. Tie says:

    Wow Nate, I never knew that about chickens! You kindled my curiosity. I discovered that over the past 50 years chicken consumption in the US has increased from 37 pounds per person to an estimated 91 pounds (146% increase), while beef consumption has decreased to 54 pounds (27% decrease). Pork has remained relatively flat at 50 pounds with turkey gaining 9 pounds to 16 pounds per year. Source: National Chicken Council (http://on.mktw.net/1NF8LoP).

    Separately, for those interested…The Humane Farm Animal Care, a non-profit whose mission is improve the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter, provides a list of retail stores committed to creating a more humane world for farm animals. See http://certifiedhumane.org/

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    1. n8chen says:

      That really is interesting. I wonder why there was a 146% chicken consumption. I thought that beef consumption was the one where the numbers would go up!

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