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Chicken farming

Chicken farming in Australia

Chickens farmed for their meat in Australia are called broiler chickens.  A broiler chicken is born into a world of cruelty. The broiler industry started in Australia in the late 1950's. Since then chickens have been, and continue to be, rigorously and selectively bred to gain weight as fast as possible to ensure maximum profit. A broiler chicken gains weight up to 3 times faster than a normal chicken.


Broiler Meat Chicken
Broiler meat chicken - Image courtesy of Farm Transparency Project

Broiler chicken's internal organs remain the same size as a normal chicken, causing the unnatural weight of their breasts to place excessive strain on their hearts, other organs, and legs as they continue to grow.  Other painful side effects caused by their weight and faming conditions are

  • breast blisters - painful ulcerations on the skin
  • lameness caused by dislocation of the joints
  • bone fractures
  • hockburn - lesions on the legs and feet caused by wet litter and high ammonia levels

Around 2% of birds die in the sheds from illness, trauma and starvation.

Broiler farm
Broiler farm - Image courtesy of Farm Transparency Project

In the last 50 years, genetic modifications have changed the amount of time it takes for a chicken to reach 1.6 kgs from 98 to 37 days.

Even if they escape slaughter and make it to sanctuary, they have an incredible short life span of between 6-18 months.

The birds that do go to slaughter are no older than chicks. While they weigh double what a normal chick would, they still have soft fluffy  feathers and are peeping like baby chicks.

And chickens are not afforded the same protection from cruelty than other animals in the food industry.  Loading and transportation is performed by harried workers and chickens sometimes fall from the truck.


Broiler on the road
Dear broiler n the road - Image courtesy of Farm Transparency Project

At the slaughterhouse, they are shackled upside down from their legs on a conveyer belt whilst fully conscious.  They are then stunned by an electrical water bath, however some lift their heads and so are not stunned prior to their throats being slit so they bleed out and die.


With so many delicious and healthful plant based alternatives now available,  it's hard for us to understand how these babies are still suffering.

Rescued broiler muffin
Rescued broiler Muffin who fell off a slaugherhouse truck in Queensland


Farm Animal Rescue Inc.

1713 Dayboro Road
QLD 4521

FAR Management Committee

President - Brad King
Treasurer - Chris Harvell
Director - Carol Slater
Director - Cheryl Evans
Director - Leizl Estioko
Secretary - Olivia Spadina

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