Before the 1960′s, most broilers were breeds like the New Hampshire Red. Nowadays, the only breed you will find in the supermarket is that freakish franken-bird known as the “Cornish Cross.” The Cornish cross is bred to grow as much breast meat as fast as possible. They grow so fast that their legs don’t work properly, so they can barely stand up.
Although New Hampshire Reds grow slower, they are far more suited to our holistic approach to farming. What remains to be seen is whether the market here will forgo the “breast meat” bird for the more sustainable, smaller, 1950′s-style broiler chicken.