Baby Broiler Roo and Turkey

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This is baby broiler roo and turkey cuddled up together this afternoon in the sunshine. See how baby broiler sleeps? He has to lay on his side to breathe well. This is because broilers are genetically modified to have extra meat. A lot of extra meat. So much extra meat that they are unable to walk well and have trouble breathing. Here’s a little info on broiler chickens from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broiler See the part about how they don’t have feathers?

Broiler chickens have been genetically modified by humans to be insanely larger than normal. I would argue they are inhumanely larger. Frankly, we have bred suffering into them. They are born, and they grow so fast that within days they are unable to stand well. Then they start having trouble laying down comfortably and sitting normally. Eventually they have trouble breathing and they overheat really easily. They’re slowly suffocating in their own flesh. In a factory farm, they’re killed for meat then. But this baby broiler will likely live a few months and then need to be humanely euthanized when he is too uncomfortable to live. Here’s a link to the history of the genetic mutations we’ve made to these little babies from the much-celebrated 50th anniversary of the broiler chicken:

http://www.cbc.ca/wildrosecountry/chicken-photos.html?dataPath=/photogallery/regions/calgary/gallery_857/xml/gallery_857.xml

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I’m not trying to bum anybody out, but this broiler baby is a living, breathing sweet baby life. He is a feeling, talking, emotional character who loves to snuggle with his turkey. And look what we’ve done to him. It makes me so sad. But my sadness is nothing compared to how it must be to LIVE as a broiler chicken.


In other news, baby turkey is becoming a little chicken stalker. She sneaks up on them and tries to pick fights with them. Baby turkey needs to learn to stay out of their way.


Here is a video of turkey settling down for a nap on my lap. Turkey loves to snuggle and talk. “Whoop? Whoop? Fsha fa fa.” I am learning a lot of new turkey words. We’re looking for a forever sanctuary for turkey that has other turkeys. That would be ideal. Baby broiler roo is not going to have a long life, but turkey could do well with other turkeys. We’ll keep you posted when we know more. Both of them are fosters here, and as you know, we cannot keep them all… even though we love them all dearly.

NOTE: I’m not sure on the gender of either baby turkey or baby broiler yet, but my guess is that turkey is a girl and broiler is a boy. So we’ll correct that later if we’re wrong.

Quacks and clucks,

Tiff and the flock (and furball Simon)

10. July 2011 by Silly Human
Categories: Check-Ins | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. I honestly don’t know how you do it! Whenever I think of the cruel things that people do to animals I can only seem to despair. I cry and cry and feel helpless against it. There are so many out there!

  2. Thank you for putting a face on the broiler market. I know exactly what you mean about all of them having emotions, souls,,etc. If you open a couple people’s eyes, you’ve done OK. When I re-visit this Earth, I want to come back as something other than human. No other animals do as much damage to other beings as we do. For now, all I can do is try to be there for the critters that cross my path.. Thank you.

  3. My heart cries for broiler boy!

  4. Looks like they all are enjoying the lovely weather. Thanks for spreading the word about broiler development!

  5. “Iā€™m not trying to bum anybody out..”

    you did bum me out but i take pleasure in knowing that the broiler chicken is having a good life with you and your backyard buds.

    I had already read up on broiler chickens last week on wikipedia.

  6. I have been upset with the chicken industry ever since I found out Bonnie was a Cornish X. I did some investigating after that and found out about Cornish x’s and their plight and existence. It made me cry. Now I see how bad your little Roo is and I am mad and sad. I am so glad that this little roo found you and his turkey friend. For as long as he is with you he will have a good life. That helps give me peace of mind.

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