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A broiler is a type of chicken raised specifically for meat production. Modern commercial broilers, typically known as Cornish crosses or Cornish-Rocks are specially bred for large scale, efficient meat production and grow much faster than egg or traditional dual purpose breeds. They are noted for having very fast growth rates, a high feed conversion ratio, and low levels of activity. Broilers often reach a harvest weight of 4-5 pounds dressed in only eight weeks.

They have white feathers and yellowish skin. This cross is also favorable for meat production because it lacks the typical "hair" which many breeds have that necessitates singeing after plucking. Both male and female broilers are slaughtered for their meat. In 2003, approximately 42 billion broilers were produced, 80% of which were produced by four companies: Aviagen, Cobb-Vantress, Hubbard Farms, and Hybro.

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  • Tuukka Rask faces cannon fire at insane Finland all-star game (Video)
    Rask played in a charity game back in his native Finland on Saturday, as the Mansester Broilers and the Pietarinkadun Oilers joined NHL players, Finnish hockey luminaries (Jyrki Lumme sighting!) and celebrities for the event. Read more on this news related to 'Broilers'
  • Getting ready to raise first clutch of broilers
    Erin Acker checks her chickens before she takes them home to raise Wednesday afternoon during a broiler pickup at the Washington County Fairgrounds Gathering Place. This is Acker’s first year showing broilers at the fair. Read more on this news related to 'Broilers'

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