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Here is what you get when you order meat chickens. They are ugly as hell, nasty as hell. I don't want to have these things. They look like they grow out of their skins. They are prone to breaking their legs if they grow too fast, they can have heart attacks, strokes.

Here is just 1 homestead that had them.

RAISING MEAT CHICKENS: The Whole Process - YouTube

Why do you think they are ugly? They just look like 8 week old chickens to me except they are bigger. And nasty? How do you mean?


Thanks for the video. I'm going to have to butcher 8 of my hens in Fall and the part that worries me is the evisceration, but this video is pretty clear compared to some that I've watched.
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I had no idea chickens were so optimized that they can't live another month.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised with all the money involved. It is a wonder chickens don't shoot laser beams out of their eyes by now to kill predatory weasels etc. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.survivalistboards.com/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
Here is what you get when you order meat chickens. They are ugly as hell, nasty as hell. I don't want to have these things. They look like they grow out of their skins. They are prone to breaking their legs if they grow too fast, they can have heart attacks, strokes.

Here is just 1 homestead that had them.

Those meat chickens are a BIG part of why I decided to try some French heritage breeds that are famous for tasty meat but also decent egg layers. I don't want anything to do with raising chickens that will just grow huge and then die if they aren't slaughtered after 8 weeks. There is something monstrous about breeding chickens that grow so fast they die of heart attacks if not eaten...

Nope nope nope. Not in MY backyard.

Instead I'll be raising heritage breeds that also produce eggs, but are not like "Death Layers" who lay an egg every day until the day they die.

I like eggs, but I don't need a chicken to be an egg-laying machine for me, no more than I need one that has no other purpose than to grow so meaty and huge that it dies two months after hatching.

Both those extremes seem to be a perversion of life. As hard as it will be to slaughter my own babies for meat, it seems more consistent with the Spirit of Life than breeding living things to become factories.

Maybe it SHOULD be hard to take life in support of life? Maybe we SHOULD be aware of the real cost of meat... its intrinsic value, its function to provide bodies to other small but precious spirits?

It's hard to put into words, but somehow it seems more honorable to raise, and love, and eventually slaughter my own chickens, mourning as I do so, than to buy factory meat in sanitized wrappers that allow us to ignore the sacred function of meat as a framework for other lives.
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