Wow, hubby brought home 4 white chickens that were pumped full of growth hormones in a chicken house. They had severe problems adapting, one dang near died but my hubby nursed it and hand fed it. Now it thinks he is it's daddy.
It positively loves us! When we open the gate, it runs to our feet and stands there. It follows us around like a dog. It even follows the dog!
Not for food! Ha! i couldn't eat a backyard chicken. What's cool about this is that he came from the 'growers' and was virtually saved from a sure death (along with the 3 hens) at Tyson Foods!! So now, Tyson's is minus 4 chicken breasts, 8 chicken legs, 8 wings, & 8 chicken thighs thanks to the heroic actions of my dear hubby.
Grew up on a cattle ranch. And yeah, the difference in flavor between a range animal and a feedlot ("fed") animal is enormous. Americans have NO idea what they eat. Not bagging on cattlemen either... they are good, honest, hard working farmers steeped in the agrarian history of our country. But what happens after, and during in the cases of SOME, is pretty crazy.
You are right about his, Randy. This poor little guy cannot fly...I mean, chickens don't actually 'fly', per say, but when he jumps from our arms, he drops like a rock. Our other chickens, the Rhode Island Reds that were raised, can fly away from predators or get in a tree to roost if needed. These poor chickys can't do that. They're doing good to get on the roosting rod in the chicken pen!
I know, Donotfear! Many people would be horrified to see how chickens and other animals are raised in mass production facilities.
Pumped full of growth hormones, the chicks in these houses reach full growth in a matter of weeks. They will be as much as ten times heavier than a yard chicken in the same amount of time. They eat 24 hours a day with no darkness to prevent them from feeding.
And we wonder why kids and adults are so overweight these days.