A month ago we bought some new chicks to add to the seven hens we over-wintered. We chose 8 for egg-laying and 6 for eating. We had read about the Cornish Cross breed that grows very fast and can be eaten at 6 or 8 weeks. They were all really cute and about the same size that first day.
Very soon, the Cornish Cross birds were eating crazy amounts and growing much faster than the others. They developed large feet and just lay around eating and pooping. The other birds were trying out their wings and running around full of life. When the baby fluff wore off and the real feathers grew in, these big birds looked way more scraggly than the others. They had large areas of pink skin with no feathers. We thought they were being pecked, so we separated them. It made no difference.
Then the first one got sick. It just lay on the ground and let the others walk over it. Ray brought her into the house and put her on a heating pad and gave her sips of water. Suddenly, she puked everything up and died. Now another one has died. A friend said their hearts give out with all the fast growth. (Did I mention that they also stink very badly?)
These grotesque, pathetic creatures are the chickens that people buy in the store. These poor creatures are why chicken meat is so cheap and so tender and so tasteless. These birds are the result of years of experimenting to create a breed that will bring the most profit in the least time. And, yes, we will eat them too, but we will never buy them again. I feel really disgusted by the whole experience. Especially thinking about the millions of these poor birds who have no pleasure in their short life.