Could you live like this?
Overcrowded and unnatural
As farms become increasingly industrialized to fuel the growing global demand for chicken meat, chickens are bred to grow up to three times as fast as traditional breeds in a short space of time. This comes at an enormous cost to their welfare.
An industrial chicken shed can hold tens of thousands of birds. At the end of their short lives (most are killed at 5-6 weeks old), the birds are so densely packed that each animal can have less floor space than an 8.5"x11" piece of paper.
This extreme overcrowding makes it difficult for chickens to move or behave naturally. Chickens love to take dust baths, forage for food, and make friendly clicks to communicate with each other. In large barns the litter on the floor is only cleaned occasionally, so birds can’t use it to bathe or forage, and with the sounds of the ventilation fans and other chickens, it’s often so loud that they can’t hear each other to talk.
Sitting and lying in waste
Litter covering the floor of an industrial chicken farm is often poor quality, so chickens spend their lives sitting or lying in their own waste.
Contact with the dirty floor can lead to painful skin lesions on the animal’s feet, legs and breasts. Ammonia in the air can cause respiratory and eye problems.
Poor conditions like these can lead to an increase in lameness and skin disease.
7-day-old chick lying on its front on the floor of a caged farming system
Bare and bleak, with no natural light
Most industrial chicken sheds are bare except for lines of food and water dispensers.
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