Why do some chooks have more fat than others?

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9 Years
Jul 19, 2010
I just slaughtered 2 Buff Orpingtons yesterday and one was noticeably heavier than the other. Once I opened them up, I noticed one (The heavier one) had huge fat deposits in the abdomen and the other had none to speak of. They have been raised together and fed the same stuff. I let them run loose and forage for whatever they like. Do you think that the fattier one just found more bugs and frogs and stuff?
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Genetics is my guess. (If hens probably wasn't laying as well, putting energy into fat rather than eggs.)

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