She was one in 61 billion
Some figures are so big they are difficult to conceptualise. Sixty-one billion is such a number.
So let’s start with six…. 6.
Six is the number of weeks a chicken lives for before being slaughtered.
Be it the main dish at Ferran Adrià’s degustation table or a McChicken burger, the breast on your plate is six weeks old.
It may take you a few seconds to process that. Six weeks from hatching to hatcheting.
No wonder 61 billion is a difficult number to conceptualise.
Speaking of tight quarters, seeing as chickens take three weeks to hatch, they spend a third of their time, from conception to expiration, in an egg.
 To be fair to Ferran some free range farms allow their chooks to live to 8 or even 10 weeks, so his breasts may be a little older than 6 weeks.
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