The average lifespan of these birds is - when allowed to live, that is - one-two years. They have been bred for obesity and, like in humans, they suffer from its health consequences. Heart attacks and strokes are not uncommon. At Animal Place, the oldest peepers are an amazing 5-yrs-old.
On a cold, rainy afternoon, ten 6-week-old chicks arrived at Animal Place's Rescue Ranch. For hours, they languished in the rain at an auction-yard. Covered in feces, several unable to stand, no one wanted the birds.
Two animal lovers pleaded for the birds and, by afternoon's end, all ten were loaded safely and transported to their new home - Animal Place's Rescue Ranch!
The birds are Cornish crosses (or broilers), bred solely for meat production. Around 9 billion of these birds are slaughtered each year in the United States. They are killed at the young age of 6-weeks-old...mere babies, yet they weigh 5-7 lbs, the size of most adult birds.
At Animal Place, we call the birds "peepers", an endearing term referring to their juvenile peeps. After all, they are just babies!
All ten birds are ill and require daily medications to fight off respiratory infections from exposure to the inclement weather. At least one has trouble standing, and we will monitor her closely for signs of improvement.
The average lifespan - when allowed to live, that is - of these birds is 1-2 years. They have been bred for obesity and, like in humans, they suffer from its health consequences. Heart attacks and strokes are not uncommon. At Animal Place, the oldest peepers are an amazing 5-yrs-old.
Through it all these birds never let adversity get them down. They are by far the friendliest chickens and when they are older, they will be the first to greet visitors. In fact, they are the only chickens at the sanctuary who seem to really like being touched and scratched! We hope to watch these chicks grow into old-age!