The Featherless ChickenLeashless Chicken
It is interesting that this peculiar race is not genetic but is the product of a 50-year long struggle with herds. It is not surprising that there are many who are against the use of this race because they think that (already) featherless hens are suffering more than they are. Conversely, the researchers behind this peculiar race refute it by citing all the benefits bare hens have over regular beasts.
The research teams that invented this race say that these featherless animals do not present any risk to human health when ingested. It is more environmentally friendly because no picking is necessary, a procedure that pollutes large amounts of body fluids with plumes and fatty tissue. To be honest, all this sounds quite natural when you consider that these poultry do not make plumes.
But before we move on to the drawbacks, let's watch a movie that shows them in real time. From both a human and a business point of view, we can say that the bare chicken has the following disadvantages: During the pairing, the female is hurt by the cock's nail and bill as they have no plumes to cover their skins.
What do you think of the moral consequences of a greater spread of this race? Note that the overwhelming proportion of hens (about 75%) are cultivated under circumstances that are far from being human.
Springless chicken produces a valve
Springless hens could be the way forward for factory farms in warm climates, says an Israel scientist who has developed a naked "prototype". As Avigdor Cahaner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says, the new chicken would be lower in calorie, grow more rapidly, be more ecologically sound and would rather live under warmth.
Creating his red-skinned chicken, he crossed a race with a natural buffalo nape with a standard broilers. However, some say that past experiences with featherless hens resulting from accidental gene mutations show that they are suffering more than ordinary cattle. Male animals could not copulate because they could not flutter their leaves, and "naked" hens of both genders are more prone to mosquitoes, sunburns and other parasitic infestations.
"Featherless would also be very vulnerable to changes in temperatures - especially as young birds," says Tom Acamovic of the Scottish Agricultural College in Ayr. Broilers were raised to put on a lot of extra pounds. Breeding hens are kept at about 20°C - the optimal body warmth for gaining body mass. However, in hot climates, costly climate control is necessary to maintain this level of temperatures - and poor peasants cannot afford that, says Cahaner.
Cahaner says the shortage of springs would make the chicken faster to work with and more green. Hens use animal food to make something that needs to be landfilled, and peasants have to dissipate power to get past this fact," he said. As Cahaner says, further cultivation should help to enlarge his size.