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First, the chickens are bred to grow BIG fast . . .

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Posted to Thread #29031 at 6:22 pm on Sep 20, 2016

Fast as in they are slaughtered when between 5 to 7 weeks of age (think about it, under two months!). Over this age, they will actually start to die from (un-) natural causes.

Second, I think the chickens going to markets for purchase by the public are the "older" (like 7 weeks!!), larger ones. I think all the little chickens, the ones old cookbooks meant when they tell you to get a "broiler fryer, about 3-1/2 lbs" are sold to all those chicken places: El Pollo Loco, Popeye's, KFC. When I get fried chicken at Popeye's or KFC and the pieces are sooooo teeny-tiny compared to the ones at the supermarket, well, I think I know where all the little chickens are going. Tiny wings, drums, breast, thighs at the prepared chicken places. Ginormous pieces at the market.

About the only place I can find a sub-3lb chicken is at our local Sprouts market, being sold at a premium price as a naturally raised bird -- or is it organic; I cannot remember.

It is rare to find a whole chicken here in a supermarket that weighs less than 4 1/2 lbs. Most are between 5-6 lbs. And I don't even need to look for a "Roaster" as they are not much bigger than the "Fryers". . . !

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