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The Featherless Chicken
Transcript of The Featherless Chicken
Lower in calories (for those of you who eat chickens).
Faster-growing (than standard breeds).
Environmentally friendly (because they do not lose feathers?)
More likely to survive in warmer conditions
They suffer more than normal birds
Males have been unable to mate, because they cannot flap their wings
"Naked" chickens of both sexes are more susceptible to parasites, mosquito attacks and sunburn.
The Featherless Chicken
“It’s a normal chicken except for the fact it has no feathers”
Genetically Modified or a Natural Breed?
According to Professor Avigdor Cahaner "This is not a genetically modified chicken – it comes from a natural breed whose characteristics have been known for 50 years. I am just transferring that to fast growing broiler chickens. It’s a normal chicken except for the fact it has no feathers.”
The featherless chicken is considered a rare, exotic breed. They are a bare skinned prototype, a genetic mutation created by an Israeli geneticist. Avigdor Cahaner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem produced the featherless peeps by cross-breeding a naturally bare neck with a regular broiler chicken.
Cahaner touts the benefits of raising featherless chickens as:
Critics say past experience with feather-free chickens resulting from random genetic mutation shows:
Not growing feathers saves energy that can be used to grow meat.
The featherless chicken has so far not reached the large “broiler’ size, probably out of embarrassment. Other ‘benefits” which inspired the breeding of the chicken is energy conservation for the processing plants. Without feathers to pluck, energy would be saved and there would be no feathers to dispose of.
Featherless chicken makes things easier!