Chickens Have Feelings Too

Chickens Have Feelings Too

Something I think many Americans overlook, either through ignorance or by choice, is the plight of chickens in commercial egg laying operations.  Though it has been discussed a few times on national news, this issue does not get the attention it deserves.  If people really opened their eyes to the deplorable conditions commercial chickens endure, the egg business as we know it would cease to exist.

Total Confinement
Chickens in commercial operations are not allowed to move around.  It was not too long ago that chickens’ feet were nailed down so they would not move at all.  Now, they are kept in “batteries”, with 1-3 hens confined in a space barely large enough to stand up in.  Food and water are sent down an assembly line to the chickens.  They never see the light of day, never get to move around, and don’t experience any of the things chickens are meant to experience, such as foraging for food, raising a brood or even taking more than one unencumbered step.Free Range is Not “Free”
Even eggs labeled as “free range” are not exactly what you might expect.  Federal requirements are vague and lax when it comes to what can be defined as “free range”.  To be considered free range, birds must have access to the outdoors.  That means 100,000 chickens could have access to an outdoor yard that is four-feet by four-feet, and they could be labeled as “free range”.  Free range is just another marketing gimmick by greedy corporations designed to wring more money from your pocket without doing anything remotely beneficial to the birds that provide your eggs.

The only true solution is to avoid commercial eggs altogether.  This is not as difficult as it seems.  Local farmers markets and farms can provide you with fresh, healthy eggs that taste so superior to store bought eggs, you won’t believe they’re the same thing.  Look on Craigslist, talk to your friends, or even consider adding a few hens to your backyard.  What you shouldn’t do is continue to support Big Ag and the torturous practices they force onto their chickens.