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February 2009: Ava died suddenly. Upon necropsy, it turned out Ava was actually a boy, significantly underweight and full of cancer. He was a very friendly rooster and will be missed.
Ava is a "peeper", our sanctuary-created term for a broiler, the type of chickens people eat. 9.2 billion Avas are slaughtered each year for consumption.
Broilers are bred to grow and grow fast. They are killed when they are only six weeks old. This fast growth rate causes severe health problems: heart attacks are very common (from obesity) as are bone and pelvic breaks.
You can help the Avas by reducing or eliminating meat from your diet.
Question by shiroii_ame: Can I raise a broiler chicken to old age if I sit it down in a little wheelchair?
I’ve heard that broiler chickens quickly become too heavy for their legs to support them and that by the time they’re slaughtered, after just a few weeks, fewer than a third of them are able to stand on their own. However, the lifespan of a chicken is about 15 years. I’m interested in raising a broiler and allowing him to die gracefully of old age (this is a farm-rescue bird) – should I put him in a little wheelchair once he gets too big to stand up, and then I can wheel him around the garden so he can sun himself?
What do you think? Answer below!