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Explaining Big Broilers...
In the early half of the 20th century, broiler chickens did not exist. Other than layers, flocks consisted of a variety of breeds such as Wyandotte and Rhode Island Red which were kept for both meat and eggs. Then, in part because of the meat shortages of WWII, the Atlantic and Pacific (A&P)supermarket chain partnered with USDA to establish a national contest for the “Chicken of Tomorrow” with the goal of producing “a breed of chicken that would grow bigger, faster and put on weight in all the right places.” Since the prize was $10,000 or almost $121,000 in today’s dollars, the idea took off. The contest took off. In the early 1950s the Arbor Acres White Rocks and the Vantress winners were crossed eventually becoming the first modern broiler.