We all love chicken , don’t we? we eat chicken every week,, there are some people who eat chicken everyday and there are who eat it twice or three times a week. Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world and the is due to the ease and low cost of raising a chicken compared to cattle for example. Chicken is used in various cultural tastes around the world.
But there are things we should know about chicken which majority of people don’t know , These facts can influence your consumption of chicken forever if your concerned about your health.
9 Billion chickens and Turkeys sold every year and 99.9 percent are raised in the factory and they are very cheap, You can get a full grilled chicken in less than 4$, how can they afford selling this chicken so cheap because obviously the grocery needs a profit and so do the farm and distribution center or company and how much they invest in these animals, So how chicken are raised in a factory? Normal chicken takes around 125 days to grow a mature chicken but nowadays it takes 47 days only. How is that ?
What they feed them
Here are what they use to grow a mature chicken in this short period .
Antibiotics have been used in poultry farming in mass quantities since 1951. Through testing, they found out that chickens who were given a variety of vitamin B12 mixed with the residue of a certain antibiotic grew 50 percent faster than those chickens who were given B12 manufactured from a different source. Further testing confirmed that use of antibiotics did improve the health of the chickens. Upon this discovery, farmers transitioned from expensive animal proteins to comparatively inexpensive antibiotics and B12. That is why chicken are reaching to the mature size to be sold in the market in a faster way. Due to large consumption of chicken and frequent need , farmers were obliged to use antibiotics to satisfy the customers need and it appeared to be an ideal and cost-effective way to increase the output of poultry. Since this discovery, antibiotics have been routinely used in poultry production, but more recently have been the topic of debate secondary to the fear of bacterial antibiotic resistance which is the ability of a microbe to resist the effects of medication that once could successfully treat the microbe that is why you find people are in frequent health issues and the antibiotic we use are sometimes of no use.
Poultry feed can also include roxarsone or nitarsone, arsenical antimicrobial drugs that also promote growth. this is very bad because it contains arsenic, which is highly toxic to humans and it can be transmitted through run-off from the poultry yards. Arsnec is concentrated in feathers and they feed feathers to chicken.They found residues of benadryl , prozac , and they use this for anxiety.
There are also farms who feed the chicken growth hormones , Hormone use in poultry production is illegal in the United States and in Australia as well.
Types of chicken
There are three types of chicken , Cage free, means they can leave the cage and go to the barn which is full of chicken and usually congested but they have no access to outside,
The other type is free range , That means they are no cages but the chicken are in the barn and they have access to outside for a limited period only.
The last type us pasture raised means they are outside the barn. This is what you need to consume cause it is always organic and they feed naturally and take 127 days to become a matured chicken.
If you need to eat chicken , try to get an organic one even though it is expensive but health is the most expensive thing that we have.