- A chicken broiler is a type of
chicken raised specifically for meat production.
- Modern commercial broilers,
typically known as Cornish crosses or Cornish-Rocks are specially
bred for large scale, efficient meat production and grow much faster
than egg or traditional dual purpose breeds.
- Broilers are sometimes reared on
a grass range using a method called pastured poultry, as developed
by Joel Salatin and promoted by the American Pastured Poultry
- Every year in Australia alone, an
astonishing 488 million chickens are raised and slaughtered for
- Only around 4% of chickens are
raised ‘free range’ in Australia (and about half of that is also
- By 1986, due to selective
breeding, it only took 37 days. Baby birds, who still chirp and have
soft feathers, have the bodies of adult birds.
- This unnatural growth rate puts
enormous pressure on the heart and immature skeleton and is the
cause of many health problems.
- A typical facility may house
300,000 birds at a time with 40,000 - 60,000 birds per shed.
Contracted ‘growers’ for the large companies therefore each grow
several million birds annually.
- Chicken broiler can be cooked in
innumerable ways; it can be made into crockpots, put in salads,
grilled, breaded and deep-fried, or used in various curries : There
is significant variation in cooking methods amongst cultures;
historically common methods include roasting, baking and frying.
- Chicken broiler dishes are liked
by almost all non-vegetarian food lovers.
- They make for excellent baked
dishes with cheese and herbs, casseroles and other Tandoori items.
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