It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Mongo died. She was in the flight pen with the other chickens but not taking advantage of her space and not getting much exercise. Her “insides” kept growing and growing and stretching her skin. This made it appealing to the other chicks to pick off her feathers and peck at her skin. They succeeded in creating a few small holes in Mongo’s abdominal cavity and she died within 24 hours.
The size Mongo was at her death was very abnormal for a chicken. Her innards protruded off her back end like a middle aged man’s beer belly. She probably would have been considered the ideal commercial meat bird – fast weight gainer. I feel sad that we breed birds to grow up like Mongo for fast weight gain and an early death.