Q. Poultry litter is a waste product, and poultry farms are a major source of pollution, is it true?

A. Poultry litter is not a waste product. “The manure that comes out of our chicken houses is locally produced, organic fertilizer. People forget that organic farmers can use it to grow their crops. We use it on our farm to grow our corn. It is certainly not a waste of a valuable resource.”

Q. Chickens are so huge and grow so fast they can barely stand up why?

A. The first thing that most people notice is the difference in the girth or the width on the breast of the two birds,” noting that the modern broiler produces much more meat. Please have a look and pay attention to the size of the feet of these birds and the thickness of the legs, with the modern broiler’s legs and feet being significantly more robust to support the added weight. And this has become possible after working for years to make this special breed.

Q. Chickens are given hormones to make them grow rapidly to large sizes is it true?

A. The progress being achieved in the growth, livability and health of poultry is due to a combination of genetics, management, nutrition and the environment in which the birds are grown. There are no hormones or steroids added in poultry feed for growth they grow because of the diet.

Q. Is it safe to eat meat/animal products, for example, poultry, eggs, and Chicken when attacked by influenza viruses?

A. Because influenza viruses are inactivated by normal temperatures used for cooking, meat products and eggs can be safely consumed provided they are properly handled during food preparation and thoroughly cooked (so that food reaches 70°C in all parts, e.g. poultry meat is not pink). In areas experiencing outbreaks, the consumption of raw or incompletely cooked meat products and eggs is a high-risk practice and should be discouraged.

Q. How can meat and eggs be safely prepared at homes?

A. Always keep raw meat and eggs separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods to avoid contamination. Do not use the same chopping board or the same knife for raw meat and other foods. Do not handle both raw and cooked foods without washing your hands in between and do not place cooked meat back on the same plate or surface it was on before cooking. Do not use raw or soft-boiled eggs in food preparations that will not be heat treated or cooked. After handling raw meat, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Wash and disinfect all surfaces and utensils that have been in contact with raw meat.

Q. WHAT poultry farmers feed their broilers at farms?

A. By operating several feed mills in Pakistan, we have total control over what our poultry eats. Our in-house nutritionist ensures that the chickens’ corn/soy-based diets contain all the protein, energy, vitamins and minerals we require in our poultry.

Q. ARE GROWTH HORMONES ADDED TO THE FEED OR SUPPLEMENTS?

A. Absolutely not. The use or administration of hormones or steroids in chicken production is prohibited .The only hormones found in our chickens are those that occur naturally. Just like they do in any living animal.Chickens naturally grow to market weight faster due to advances in nutrition ,breeding, housing and disease control.Steroids also don’t work on chickens, steroids only work when combined with steroids physical exercise and chickens don’t lift weights.

Q. Are ionophores and non-antibiotic coccidiostats used to promote growth in chickens?

A. Ionophores and non-antibiotic coccidiostats are used to prevent disease in chickens and reduce the need for intensive medical treatment for fatal diseases. While FDA currently requires them to be labeled as “growth promotants,” when combined with an ideal living environment and nutritious feed, healthy chickens naturally grow to their full potential—all without the use of hormones and steroids Growth is a positive outcome of keeping chickens healthy and disease-free, and healthy birds improve product quality and food safety.

Q. Are antibiotics that are used in human medicine used for weight gain and growth promotion in chickens?

A. Their primary use is not for weight gain or growth promotion, but to prevent a disease called necrotic enteritis – an infection in the bird’s intestine caused by the bacteria Clostridium. Along with coccidiois, necrotic enteritis is another of the two most potentially devastating bacterial diseases in modern broiler flocks. If not prevented, it can cause dehydration, loss of appetite, diarrhea and rapid death.

Q. Who regulates the feed given to chickens?

A. Any feed mill that makes feed which contains approval and licence. regulated products, like an antibiotic, is subject to DRAP authority and inspection. These mills keep detailed records of antibiotic use. The DRAP can and does inspect the mills unannounced, any time they want. This is not new. The feed mill data system is the repository of the information. Feed tickets on the other hand are mostly a way for the company to confirm to the farmer that a certain amount of feed was delivered and what was in it.

Q. Does Eating chicken can cause the risk of cancer?

A. Another very large study found that people who eat the most red or processed meat may have little risk of developing cancer. But there is no strong evidence that eating white meat, such as chicken, can increase cancer risk. These are all rumors spread by few ordinary people.

Q. Does eating chicken cause constipation? I used to eat a lot of chicken, sometimes even twice a day and have very little fiber in my diet. This gave me a lot of constipation. So what do I do? And also, does chicken and meat in general cause constipation?

A. Constipation is caused by too little water in the bowels. If you eat a diet high in fat, especially trans- or saturated fat, it can cause constipation. Also, diets high in salt can cause constipation, as water will flow from areas of less electrolyte concentration to areas of greater concentration via osmosis. So to honestly answer your question, Will eating chicken constipate me? the answer has to be maybe. If you have a whole chicken, deep fried, with mashed potatoes loaded with butter and gravy, and a super large side of mac & cheese, then yes. If you have a moderate portion of skinless, roasted or boiled chicken breast, with some broccoli (plain) and wild or whole-grain brown rice, then no. It’s all in HOW you prepare what you eat more than WHAT FOODS you eat. So, it’s better to take a lot of water with your diet to avoid constipation.

Q. Are the broilers affected by different diseases?

A. Birds are subject to a variety of diseases, just as humans are. Just like humans, they receive inoculations against the diseases for which vaccines are available. So it is possible to treat them and to make them perfect for eating.

Q. How it possible is that today’s broiler grows faster than the broilers which were grown before 1980,s?

A. Today’s broiler chicken is a combination of several breeds. Desirable characteristics include white feathers (to give the skin a clear appearance) and abundant breast meat. Breeding is done in the traditional manner. There is no “genetic engineering” or “genetic modification” in the poultry industry.

Q. Are brown and white eggs differing in nutritional values?

A. A hen lays an average of 240 eggs per year.  It takes about 24 hours for a hen to lay an egg. There are no nutritional differences between brown and white eggs. Very young hens lay double yoke eggs which are safe to eat.

Q. Does eating eggs raise your cholesterol levels?

A. Truth is that Dietary cholesterol found in eggs has little to do with the amount of cholesterol in your body. Eggs contain relatively small amounts of saturated fat. So, cutting eggs out of your diet is a bad idea; they’re a rich source of 13 vitamins and minerals.

Q. How many eggs can a person eat easily in a whole day?

A. The science is clear that up to 3 whole eggs per day are perfectly safe for healthy people who are trying to stay healthy. Bottom Line: Eggs consistently raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. For 70% of people, there is no increase in Total or LDL cholesterol.

Q. Does eating eggs can cause the higher risk of Cholesterol level?

A. People believed that high amounts of cholesterol in your diet led to high cholesterol levels in your bloodstream, contributing to furred arteries and the risk of a heart attack. But studies now show that it is the level of saturated fat in your diet, rather than the cholesterol, that has a greater impact on raising your blood cholesterol levels. Eggs are actually very low in saturated fat.

Q. How are eggs benefits for eyes?

A. Eggs contain certain nutrients that protect your eyes against age related blindness. The condition, called age related macular degeneration (ARMD), accounts for 50 per cent of all blindness and sight problems in the UK.
A recent study by poultry scientists found that eyes containing higher amounts of a nutrient called lutein were up to 80 per cent less likely to be suffering from ARMD.
Lutein protects the eye by forming pigments in the macula. The more pigments your eye contains, the less likely it is to fall prey to ARMD.

Q. Eating Eggs Are Bad For Your Heart or not?

A. While it’s true that egg yolks contain cholesterol eggs contain nutrients that may help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate. So eating egg is safe.

Q. Which types of cooked eggs are safe to eat?

A. When you prepare eggs, you should also pay attention to the way you cook them. “If you fry them, the oil that you add is only going to contribute to your saturated fat for the day,” she says. She says these drier or oil-free cooking methods are preferred:
Poaching
Boiling
Pan-frying with a cooking spray

Q. Are chickens drugged up by the poultry farmers at their farms?

A. It is a myth to say that chickens are fed huge quantities of antibiotics and that this is fueling the increase in antibiotic resistance in human pathogens. It is a myth to say that farmers give antibiotics to their flocks with no oversight because they even don’t have them at their farms.