Category Archives: Broilers – meat chickens

Bella becomes Bello, the rooster, not hen

Our beautiful girl Bella, has become our beautiful boy Bello (?)

 Yes, this is our beautiful Bella at 24 weeks! Bella has finally revealed her true identity with a morning crow, and some particularly testosterone aggro behaviour. I began to suspect Bella may be a rooster a week or two ago when Bella began to attack my hand when I put down food for her (him). I also witnessed a vicious attack on a piece of toilet paper. Bella ripped the offending tissue into a number of different pieces and stomped all over them, with lightning speed. One assumes a ‘chicken expert’ would have the basics of sexing a chicken under wraps, hence my reticence to go public with this piece of information. I stayed in denial. 

However, there really is no hiding this fact any longer, and so with great pride I reveal Bello our beautiful 6 kg rooster to the world via blog.

If you have not been following Bellas (Bello’s) sad story, please follow this link. Find out what a is a broiler, and where did it begin  – pg 14

Bello’s impressive weight comes with a massive price. Besides the organ and heart problems that broilers face long-term, and the pain of accelerated unnatural growth, Bello is also experiencing foot issues….see Bello’s feet below 


Read about our broiler in the lastest animal voice

Plse use this link to see an electronic copy of Animal Voice. We have an article on pg 14, however the whole mag is fabulous, and is jam packed with interesting reads.

pg 14


Pg 14

Bella update 2 – people marvel at Bella’s size with no knowledge of the price she is paying

Bella and Stella

Bella had her check up yesterday. A trip to the vet is stressful for Bella and myself. Bella starts very stressed chicken behaviour, which is always worrying with her oversized heart. I also had to have bath when I got home, because she pooed all over me. Felt sorry for Bella that she was stressed enough to poo, but felt more sorry for myself!

Bella’s entry into the waiting room at the vet always attracts a lot of attention. People are so delighted by her, and find the insertion of a chicken in our dog and cat ruled neighbourhood a treat. I choose to smile nicely, hold back, and not ask them if they are going to delight in the presence of Bella, and then go home for chicken pie! 

There is a massive disconnect between the reality of the animal being here, now, and animals as food. I know that when most people look at Bella at marvel at her size, they have no idea the price she is paying for that size, and that they are more than likely supporting this cruel practice of raising Broilers for meat by their purchase of chicken as food.  See our links on this blog to find out more about this insane and gross industry.

Bella is showing signs of improvement. Jean has put her onto a water based anti bio, to give her a break from the injections. 

Bella had a bad night again. I got up a few times to check her as I could hear her coughing and sneezing, and shuffling around. She has started to make gentle clucking noises of acknowledgement when I go to her in the dark at night which is absolutely heart warming, and softens the blow of being pulled from my bed by her alarming sneezing.

Bella update 1

Bella and I have survived a weekend of my injections.

I felt very despondent when I put her to bed last night, as her open mouthed abdominal breathing seemed to have increased, and she was coughing frequently.

However, this morning, a night of heating and humidifying seems to have helped. We are off to the Jean, the vet, in the next hour for Bellas check up.

I am feeling frustrated – how are we going to beat this? and when? and at what cost to Bella?