Peepers! We call them that because all of them arrived as babies - cheep, peep, cheep, peep! The alternative, broilers, was too demeaning and ugly. They are the most wondrous of birds and truly live their short lives to the fullest.
8.9-9.3 billion are killed each year at the young age of 6-weeks. They are artificially selected to grow, grow, grow and they do so, with gusto, without control. At full size, on restricted feed, they weigh 15 lbs. On unrestricted feed, they would perhaps explode or become even more morbidly obese than artificial selection intended (nothing natural about them, sadly).
I love them. You should too. They are fun, gregarious, talkers. They are the only birds who, without a second thought, will let you pet them. They are trusting and engaging and amazingly fast when a grape is involved.
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