If you caught Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast on Channel 4 a few weeks ago you’ll have heard their idea about high street chicken shops selling meat from ex-laying hens.
But do you know the difference between the chickens we eat and those that lay eggs?
Put simply, chickens farmed for meat – or broiler chickens as they are known in the farming industry – have been bred over many years to produce as much meat as possible in as short a time as possible.
Laying hens, on the other hand, are bred specifically to lay eggs and tend to be much leaner.
However, the excessive rate at which most broiler chickens now grow comes at great cost to their activeness and health.
The weight they put on at such a young age