Had these avian crime victims lived, they wouldn't have had much to look forward to. Most chickens are confined by the tens of thousands inside huge, dank warehouses in which they have little to do but eat and sit down-in their own feces. Part of the problem is that these chickens-animals who are normally quite athletic-have been genetically manipulated to grow so obese so fast that many can't take more than a few pitiful steps before collapsing under the enormous weight of their oversized breasts.
Animal science expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., sums it up bluntly: "Today's poultry chicken has been bred to grow so rapidly that its legs can collapse under the weight of its ballooning body. It's awful."
Awful indeed. As is the amount of time the animals, as a consequence, spend wallowing in manure-and not only their own. When producers bring a new flock of birds into a shed, standard practice is to leave the manure-laden litter from past flocks on the ground. So every couple months, the new birds are living on top of prior generations' waste.