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Chicken: Factory farms

Chicken factory farms

Causes: Rising demand for poultry meat and eggs

Foodprint on chicken: Confinement, Toxic living conditions, Denial of natural behavior, Chronic diseases, Male chick genocide, Mutilations, Abuses during transport & slaughter

Chicken are the most abused animals on our planet today. They live in overcrowded and toxic living conditions, that gives them little space to move, exercise or exhibit any natural behaviours.

Genetic engineering, growth hormones, unnatural foodstocks and extended lighting are used to unnaturally increase weight / egg yields, putting immense strain on a chicken's body. A majority of chicken live their lives suffering from one or many painful and chronic diseases.

Chicks are subjected to debeaking the day they are born, while male chicks are killed off by the billions every year since they have no economic value to the egg industry.

Did you know?

Chicken are inquisitive, social and intelligent animals. In a natural environment, they follow well defined hierarchy based social structures called 'pecking orders', and have their own curious forms of behaviour. Every chicken has its own personality and they are known to make good pets.

 
  • Egg laying farm's keep thousands of hens in huge windowless sheds. Artificial lighting is used to stimulate extended daylight, forcing hens to lay more eggs. A build up of urine and feces, leads to an overwhelming stench of ammonia causing painful diseases of the eyes, skin and respiratory organs. (Pic source: Farm Sanctuary)
    Egg laying farm's keep thousands of hens in huge windowless sheds. Artificial lighting is used to stimulate extended daylight, forcing hens to lay more eggs. A build up of urine and feces, leads to an overwhelming stench of ammonia causing painful diseases of the eyes, skin and respiratory organs. (Pic source: Farm Sanctuary)
  • 4-5 birds are crowded into a single battery cage. Hens spend their entire life in a space equal to an A4 sheet of paper. Overproduction of eggs, depletes their bodies of calcium & other vital nutrients. This combined with a lack of exercise, causes osteoporosis and broken bones. (Picture source: web commons )
    4-5 birds are crowded into a single battery cage. Hens spend their entire life in a space equal to an A4 sheet of paper. Overproduction of eggs, depletes their bodies of calcium & other vital nutrients. This combined with a lack of exercise, causes osteoporosis and broken bones. (Picture source: web commons )
  • Broiler sheds house thousands of bids crammed into warehouse style sheds, giving chicken little space to move without bumping into each other. The accumulated waste of thousands of chicken, lead to toxic ammonia fumes causing skin, respiratory diseases and blindness. Picture source: Farm Sanctuary
    Broiler sheds house thousands of bids crammed into warehouse style sheds, giving chicken little space to move without bumping into each other. The accumulated waste of thousands of chicken, lead to toxic ammonia fumes causing skin, respiratory diseases and blindness. Picture source: Farm Sanctuary
  • Genetic breeding, growth hormones and high growth feed leads to the modern broiler hen growing abnormally fast and reaching slaughter age in just 6-7 weeks of age. The organs and bones of the bird cannot keep up with the sudden spurt in growth and weight, causing heart, liver diseases and fractures. Picture source: web commons
    Genetic breeding, growth hormones and high growth feed leads to the modern broiler hen growing abnormally fast and reaching slaughter age in just 6-7 weeks of age. The organs and bones of the bird cannot keep up with the sudden spurt in growth and weight, causing heart, liver diseases and fractures. Picture source: web commons
  • To prevent stressed birds attacking each other, 1/3rd of a chicks beak is cut off with a hot iron blade, typically done on the same day the chick is born. Cutting through sensitive tissue, debeaking causes extreme and chronic pain. Some chicks starve to death being unable to peck on their food. Picture source: PETA
    To prevent stressed birds attacking each other, 1/3rd of a chicks beak is cut off with a hot iron blade, typically done on the same day the chick is born. Cutting through sensitive tissue, debeaking causes extreme and chronic pain. Some chicks starve to death being unable to peck on their food. Picture source: PETA
  • The male chick is a useless by-product for the egg industry. Unlike broiler chicken they do not put on weight fast enough to be useful for meat. Billions of these delicate babies are killed every year by being gassed, grounded or suffocated to death in trash  cans or plastic bags. Picture source: Farm Sanctuary
    The male chick is a useless by-product for the egg industry. Unlike broiler chicken they do not put on weight fast enough to be useful for meat. Billions of these delicate babies are killed every year by being gassed, grounded or suffocated to death in trash cans or plastic bags. Picture source: Farm Sanctuary
  • Unnatural weight gain puts severe pressure on the birds heart, liver and bones. Often their fragile legs cannot support the weight, making it difficult for them to even reach their food. Picture source: web commons
    Unnatural weight gain puts severe pressure on the birds heart, liver and bones. Often their fragile legs cannot support the weight, making it difficult for them to even reach their food. Picture source: web commons
  • Birds get painful skin diseases due to the ammonia fumes caused by accumulated urine and faeces. The picture shows skin diseases on a rescued egg laying hen in Mumbai. Picture source: ourfoodprint.com
    Birds get painful skin diseases due to the ammonia fumes caused by accumulated urine and faeces. The picture shows skin diseases on a rescued egg laying hen in Mumbai. Picture source: ourfoodprint.com
  • Chicken are transported in overcrowded cages without access to food or water. Chicken are exposed to bright light, traffic noise and temperature extremes. A number of chicken die during transportation due to heat strokes, heart failures, trauma and broken bones. Picture source: web commons
    Chicken are transported in overcrowded cages without access to food or water. Chicken are exposed to bright light, traffic noise and temperature extremes. A number of chicken die during transportation due to heat strokes, heart failures, trauma and broken bones. Picture source: web commons
  • In modern processing units, chicken are hung upside down on conveyor belts and passed through electrified baths, prior to having their neck slit. Often, chicken who have escaped the electrified water or cutting machines, reach the scald tank fully conscious. Picture source: Farm Sanctuary
    In modern processing units, chicken are hung upside down on conveyor belts and passed through electrified baths, prior to having their neck slit. Often, chicken who have escaped the electrified water or cutting machines, reach the scald tank fully conscious. Picture source: Farm Sanctuary