Battery Chickens Rescued, Their Life Before and After

Their Story on Video

I’m not one to post about animal abuse, nor am I particularly interested in reading about it on others. I’m not an activist, or a vegan, and I do not support the extremists of the Peta Organization.  But,  I do believe all living things deserve to be comfortable and treated with kindness.  I keep a variety of livestock animals on my little farm, call my companion animals pets, and do right by all of them the best I can.

Three days ago I was researching on what happens to the battery hens when they are no longer useful as layers. Where do they go? After a chicken’s first 1 1/2 years of life her egg production is reduced. Does this mean her life is nothing more than a year or so in a cage before she is slaughtered?  Yes. This is indeed disturbing, but this is also where your dog and cat’s food is coming from.  Do I like to think about this? Of course not. But it’s the reality of the food chain,  and one way or another, the meat on our barbeque and in our pet’s dishes has to come from somewhere.

But…

Although disturbing to think about where and how food finds its way to our kitchen table, it doesn’t concern me near as much as the process of production.  Again, all living things deserve to be comfortable and treated with kindness.

I watched a video three days ago on battery chickens and decided NOT to post it, even though it had a happy ending. But I haven’t been able to forget what I saw, and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to post it. Three days ago I missed the message in that video,  the one asking for help from somebody to spread awareness… that somebody was me. Watch video at bottom of post.

I did a little research, and I must say, it was an eye opener indeed. This is what I found:

The barren battery cage was banned in the EU on 01 January 2012. These cages typically held 4 to 5 hens but in other countries around the world they are still legal and some may house as many as 6 to 8 birds. The space allowance per bird in the barren battery cage holding 4 to 5 hens is less than an A4 sheet of paper, and the height is only just enough to allow the hen to stand upright. In countries where there may be 8 birds, such as the US, the space allowance per hen is sometimes only half as much.  Read more of this article:  Compassion in world farming

Buckeye, Arizona, U.S.

Hickman’s Family Farms is Arizona’s largest – and only – egg producer. The third-generation operation that began on Grandma Hickman’s backyard porch has been family-owned and operated in Arizona since 1944 and now houses more than four million hens.  Take a Tour: Hickman’s Farms

I’m not impressed.

I don’t know what to do about the unfair treatment of chickens, for now the first step is merely to share what I have learned.  Maybe through awareness we can all somehow make a difference.  Below is the story of a few chickens that were rescued from a battery farm… and their happy ever after.

The Video

Who are the people running these battery farms, and how on earth do they live with themselves?

The conditions for free range and cage free egg layers aren’t much better, read why: Industrial Mass Egg Production, the Facts

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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4 Responses to Battery Chickens Rescued, Their Life Before and After

  1. Jo Bryant says:

    I love that you did this post. A few years ago I had to do a speech for a university paper I was doing and I did it on battery hens. I was horrified that New Zealand – where we claim to be compassionate towards animals would allow this torment to continue. Many here are fighting to get it banned…as yet the government is dragging its feet due to the pressure from the eggs council. It broke my heart to see the conditions these animals are subjected to and from then on I was unable to purchase anything but free ranch eggs. My children found it weird that while trying to live on a budget I would pay for the more expensive eggs…but there was no going back.

    • tbnranch says:

      The best we can do is to make people aware. Look for local farmers markets, and local chicken keepers… many sell their eggs on craig’s list. Thanks for your concern!

  2. tbnranch says:

    I wrote a post on free range and cage free eggs I think you should read. Here’s the link:
    https://tbnranch.com/2011/11/21/industrial-egg-production-the-facts/
    Yes, reblog! Thank you.

  3. kford2007 says:

    Seeing these sweet chickens in that deplorable condition makes me ill. I’m with you. How can people do this to animals? That’s why I only buy eggs from farms that allow their chickens to free-roam. They cost a bit more but I can’t stand the idea of these creatures not being able to walk or move around. I saw a documentary on cows once. Some milk cows are forced to live their lives in stalls. They give birth in the stalls, they eat and sleep in the stalls, they give milk in the stalls, and when they can’t produce anymore, they are sent to slaughter. It’s heartbreaking. I would love to know who to contact. I guess if we get the news out there about places like these and boycott purchasing their products, they may all switch over to cage-free. That would be the dream. Would you mind if I reblog this on my site tomorrow?

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