Today’s chickens are bigger than ever before, which raised the question – how is it possible?
A number of factors go into raising larger, healthier birds than ever before, but definitely not larger due to genetically modifying the chickens.
There are no GMO chickens commercially available, period.
In fact, there are currently NO genetically modified animals commercially available. (In late 2015, genetically engineered salmon was the first GE animal to be approved but it will not be on the market and available for purchase for a few years.)
So what factors contribute into raising larger, healthier chickens? It all started with having good breeding. Over the years, we’ve selected chickens with the healthiest growth and size for breeding, to help get the best start possible.
Modern advances in farming technology including advanced housing, climate controls, and biosecurity, with addition to good animal husbandry and management between farmers and veterinarians, all help to raise larger and healthier birds.