Factory Farming: Battery Hens

Battery Farming

End Battery Farming


Look at these tiny chicks, living beings packed in boxes as though they were inanimate objects.

Battery Farming has officially came to an end here in the UK and in Europe but not all members countries have been compliant:

Millions of hens in Greece are still kept in barren systems. Take action for hens by calling on the Greek Government to enforce the law.


Please take the following action:

Battery hens continue to suffer elsewhere, including the USA where roughly 95 percent of all eggs in the U.S. still come from caged hens  and Australia where 11 million ‘battery’ hens are confined to small cages in which they are unable to perform most of their natural behaviours. Of course the USA and Australia are by no means alone in their continuation of this cruelty which takes place worldwide.

21 Things the Egg Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

Including tiny chicks ground up while they are still alive!!

Read more – Includes disturbing images

The Life Of A Chicken

If you are unfortunate enough to be born a member of gallus gallus domesticus you are in for a truly miserable life. You will face immense suffering at the hands of your powerful primate-master.

Various unpleasant fates await you – your life will go one of two directions – you will either be a chicken destined for meat consumption or you will be designated an egg-producing chicken. In fact you will get so accustomed to your roles that you will either be born a broiler (meat) strain chicken or an egg strain chicken.


If nothing else shocks you than maybe this will

They called it ‘state of the art’ — but the lives led by ‘forgotten’ hens trapped inside this ‘Egg Corp Assured’ PACE factory farm will leave you stunned…

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/forgotten-battery-hens   – if you live in Australia please scroll down the above page and take the suggested action and send a message to your state MP.

Action to Take

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Unfortunately being vegetarian of course does not tackle the cruelty of egg laying battery hens. While many decide upon learning about the suffering of these poor creatures to only use free range, this was the case for myself before deciding to take the next step from being vegetarian to vegan, this does not satisfactorily resolve the cruelty issue entirely. Though an improvement free range usually requires the death of the hen as soon as she cannot lay any eggs.

The ideal therefore is to go vegan and exclude eggs entirely from your diet.

Want some help?  Click the links below

Order Your FREE Vegan Starter Kit!

UK – Free Vegan Starter Kit

Recipes from the vegan society:

If you eat eggs please think again. Eating eggs promotes cruelty, it is unnecessary and is not only bad for the unfortunate chickens but bad for your health. I have not eaten eggs for about six years. It can be done, there are alternatives and a cake cooked without eggs tastes little different to cakes cooked with eggs. You can even cook egg free flans.

Read more about the lives of battery hens including some good news stories beginning with an heartwarming video as three long suffering battery hens enjoy their freedom

Good news for some battery hens

Ex Battery Hens First Moments of Freedom

A moving video as three little ex battery hens enjoy the first taste of freedom

Queenie lost her battle to Egg Peritonitis, a disease that occurs when the contents of an egg are laid in the abdomen and becomes infected. Belle and Ruby both had similar issues, and have had significant operations and ongoing treatment. Queenie had always been the strongest of the three hens, but her illness was well disguised and we simply were unable to save her, despite an intense rush to the vet and orders to ‘do everything’ to save her. This disease is common in battery hens as their reproductive organs are so heavily overworked. Their tired little bodies cannot cope with a lifetime of egg laying in such a short time in unnatural conditions.

Their condition was terrible. They had severe feather loss due to living their life in a cage no bigger than an A4 piece of paper per hen. They had their beaks cut and mutilated, as is standard industry practice, to stop them pecking other hens when they go crazy in their cages. They have pale combs and in some cases (look at Queenie) the combs are enlarged. They don’t know how to drink out of a bowl and don’t know how to eat anything other than pellet mash. They’ve lived their entire lives in cages, in a gigantic shed, with the constant noise of thousands of other chickens.

These lovely, quirky ladies had never experienced sunshine on their feathers, grass under their feet, or the opportunity to stretch their wings.
This moment was when we decided that could be no more, and we took them outside to discover the world that they should always have been able to experience.

Read More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDyEDX9SH0Y

45 Ex-Battery Hens Get Their Very Own Photoshoot

Read more:

When a truck carrying thousands of hens overturned on the way to the slaughterhouse, sanctuaries from all over Spain stepped forward to provide the survivors with a second chance at life.

Here at Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary, we were lucky enough to be able to give 45 of the little feathered ladies a home with us. As we prepared to share their story with the world, we decided what better way to help educate people about the individuality of the animals lost within the system than by giving each and every hen their very own photoshoot?

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/45-ex-battery-hens-get-their-very-own-photoshoot.html#ixzz3QaCwUGOh

Chickens Used for Food

Chickens are arguably the most abused animal on the planet. In the United States, more than 7 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 452 million hens are used for their eggs. Ninety-nine percent of these animals spend their lives in total confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.

More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined, yet not a single federal law protects chickens from abuse

Read More:

Information about the factory farming of hens



Heavan in a rage:

By Maqi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Battery-farm.jpg  Text added  –
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Baby chicks:
By Joe Valbuena (USDA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons




6 thoughts on “Factory Farming: Battery Hens

  1. Pingback: The Life Of A Chicken | REFLECTION SELECTION

  2. I have seen and photographed this type of horror at the “free range” chicken farm near where I live. They try to hide what they are doing when they pull the chickens out into the crates for the trip to the slaughterhouse by putting up barriers, and doing it at night, but I photographed around them and night doesn’t affect my ability to photgraph. It is so terribly cruel.

    • That must have been a disturbing experience, thank you for sharing this. I cannot understand how people can be so cruel to helpless animals or why governments allow it to continue. Unfortunately “free range” is not as humane as many people are led to believe.

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