Before I start this article I would like to say a few words from everyone at thetypesofchicken.com team. We are not vegetarians we – same as our chickens – are omnivores. We don’t judge vegetarians or vegans and we never will. We decided not to support the egg industry by breeding our own chickens because we like to eat fresh eggs and quality meat. This article was written to motivate some people to breed their own chicken and one other reason – because we don’t like what the egg industry is doing to this species and we are sure that there is some less cruel way to mass-produce eggs.
Because it takes a hen about 24 to 27 hours to lay an egg the egg industry is using over billions of hens each year worldwide to provide eggs. To keep up with the demand and to make the whole process as cheap as possible the egg industry is doing very disturbing things to these chickens. From the beginning of their lives these chickens are exposed to extreme pain.
1. The baby chicks are born in a big incubator,
and they are separated from their mothers. We have discussed before that this negatively affects the baby chicks, the hens, and the quality of the eggs they will produce.
2. Then the process of elimination begins
The males and the females are getting separated by workers. The males get automatically eliminated, they get thrown into a plastic bag, and then after a worker closes the bag they are left to suffocate. In some factories, they are thrown in a grinder which will kill and ground them. The females suffer the worst fate.
3. The females that have been separated are put one by one into a machine.
This machine cuts off their beaks with a hot blade, a very painful thing I imagine. Then they are put into overcrowded cages where they are fed with chemically altered chicken feed which will make them grow a bit faster, therefore start laying eggs faster.
4. Those overcrowded cages we mentioned,
There are maybe more than 500 of them put in rows and on top of each other. This is a very disturbing sight and painful for the chickens because the lack of room to breathe and move makes the chickens die and even succumb to cannibalism. The cages that are on the higher end of the row most of the time don’t have a normal floor so the feces of the chicken in the top cages land on the chicken that is on the bottom cages.
5. The hens need to stay and lay eggs for around 2 years in those cages.
Those who have survived the cages are picked and prepared to be used for meat. Those chickens are transported to different factories where chickens are raised for meat.
6. When they are distributed there the hens are hung by their feet
Shackled and hung then they get electrocuted or drowned for a quick kill. After they are killed they stay hung and on a different line, they get their throats cut open so they can bleed out as fast as possible.
We at the typesofchicken.com team don’t approve of these methods and this is one of the main reasons we decided to keep our own chickens. Each and every one of us has an opportunity give a good life to a chicken, and we get rewarded for it with good and quality food. If this article helped you decide to breed chickens, we recommend that you start by using this manual to build your chicken coop.
Shannon Stansberry has been engaged in the business of raising chickens for more than 12 years. In 2016, she accomplished the Agriculture & Natural Resources program at Mt. San Antonio College. At present, she tends to more than 80 chickens on her 4-hectare farm. Shannon regularly shares her insights and experience on how to raise healthy and contented chickens on the platform Typesofchickens.com
3 thoughts on “6 Cruel Steps The Egg Industry Is Using To Provide Product”
Would like to know sources and names of companies participating in the atrocious practices described in your article. NOBODY I know keeps ANY of their animals in the manner described in your story. I would personally love to take it straight to those folk and share that info with my people. Our family has its own chickens and we get great eggs from them. Since I can’t figure out how they get out, all birds roam truly Free range by default! Our eggs taste radically better and more fully flavorful than their mainstream mass produced counterparts.
I raise my own chickens and appreciate the eggs they lay for my family. Not all people are able to do that, though, and I resent your faulty ‘facts’ used in the article. I have friends and family who raise chickens commercially and know for a fact your claims are not quite right. The chicks are hatched in incubators, where the temperature and humidity are carefully controlled to provide the best start for them. The males are separated from the females and yes, many of the males are destroyed but many are also raised for butcher. The de-beaking is not painful to the chicks and only the tip of the top part is removed to prevent picking at the other chicks and harming them. They are then sent to the rearing houses, where they are given free run of huge, indoor housing with water and feed available 24/7, again with temperatures controlled so they don’t get too hot or too cold. Yes, there are a lot of chicks per house but they have plenty of room to run around, scratch, and grow to be hens. Hens are not stacked in cages several high with the manure falling onto the hens below. That is ridiculous and makes no sense at all – if you want chickens to lay eggs, they must be relatively comfortable, fed well, watered, and not overcrowded. That is whether they are commercially raised or not. Also, they are not raised on ‘chemically altered’ feed. Some are fed feed with small amounts of antibiotic but much of that is changing. Don’t fear your food – be grateful you live in a country where you can choose what you eat or don’t but choose for the right reasons.
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