Categories: Chicken Welfare
A sad story
This footage was taken using our mobile phone this week. They were taken in by a lovely lady we were visiting to look at some of her pullets, who found them after they had escaped from the broiler chicken farm across the road. I have never seen chickens in this condition before in the flesh, only in videos and photos. It is a real eye opener to watch this happening in real life. To make matters worse, the farmer of said farm insists his chickens dont get splayed legs and are not too heavy so they cannot walk. This video proves him wrong. Just to remind you that these chicks are only 6 weeks old and are many times bigger then they should be. They are bred specifically to grow rapidly to get a bigger money turn over. Please look at our broiler chicken page for more info. Not too long before we arrived, in the local pool supply shop the lady was getting chlorine for her pool when she spotted the chicken farmer. Asking why he was there, he replied he was getting chlorine to put into the chickens water! I can see no reason to do this. And people eat these chickens! This is a local farm in Perth and supplies all over the city chickens which have been drinking chlorinated water. Bet the population didnt know about that. I certainly didn’t! This is also a sad story because the chicks she took in were far too stressed and ill to help and were helped on their way humanly. These chickens are bred to grow rapidly. In just 6 weeks they will be around the 1kg mark. Think of the whole chickens you see in the supermarket, they are 6 week old chicks which have a body much, much too big for their legs and bodies to support them. It’s so sad. Please try and buy free range chicken which hasn’t been bred to grow quickly. Buy chickens that have grown to maturity naturally!