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The Peeper Brigade

I guess it's not really a brigade when there's only one chicken being photographed. Nevertheless, Peeper Brigade has a nice ring to it, even if you don't get to see all the peepers.

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.

Happy peeper is happy

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Serious peeper is serious

White chicken is looking at you

Chicken pretending you don't exist


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Feb. 19th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
How long do peepers live, generally, at the sanctuary? And do you have to keep them away from a lot of food, lest they grow too plump?
Feb. 19th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
The oldest will turn five this year and the youngest will be turning two this year. Five is really old for these birds. They rarely make it past 1-2 years of age.

They are kept separate and are on a special, restricted diet.
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