#batteryhens share a cage with 3-20 other hens and are allocated a space to the equivalent or less than that of an A4 sized paper.
Right now in Australia, it is estimated that between 11-12 million ‘battery’ hens are confined to small cages as part of standard egg production, unable to perform even their most natural behaviours.
Battery cages are used on factory farms to confine egg-laying hens. Despite increasing community awareness about their plight, the vast majority of egg-laying hens live this way, permanently warehoused with tens of thousands of other birds until their slaughter.
Hens in battery cages spend their lives in artificially lit surroundings designed to maximise laying activity.
Each hen has anywhere between 3 and 20 cage mates. Depending on their body size, the number of hens per cage, or in which jurisdiction they reside, each hen can be allocated space less than that of an A4 sized piece of paper.5 This is insufficient room to act on natural instincts and comfort behaviours like wing flapping, grooming, preening, stretching, foraging and dust bathing.
According to animal welfare expert Dr John Webster, “the unenriched battery cage simply does not meet the physiological and behavioural requirements of the laying hen, which makes any quibbling about minimum requirements for floor space superfluous”. Rather than give hens more space, farmers 'debeak' baby chicks with a hot blade - so they don't peck the other hens in the same cage. Can cause acute and chronic pain, particularly in older birds, due to tissue damage and nerve injury. In addition to the pain caused during and immediately following amputation, scientists believe the process can cause the beak to develop long-lasting and painful neuromas or tumours. And that's not even the start of their torture.
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