What are the chickens or turkeys raised specifically for meat called?

Broilers are poultry breeds that are slaughtered for their meat.

Poultry farming

Chickens raised for eggs are usually called layers, while chickens raised for meat are often called broilers. The act of raising domestic fowls to ensure an adequate number of eggs, chicken, and meat is called poultry farming. Chickens are the most common bird raised for both meat and eggs. Chickens that are raised for their meat are called broilers. Chickens that are raised for their eggs are called laying hens or layers. Some special breeds of poultry are raised for shows and competitions.


  • feeding the chickens
  • monitoring the health of the chickens
  • collecting eggs (for laying hens)
  • loading chickens onto trucks for moving to chicken plants (for meat chickens)

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