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The True Cost of Intensive Chicken Farming

The True Cost of Intensive Farming

Intensive Production of Meat Chickens

How Production is Maximised and Costs are Minimised

The Cost to the Animals and the Environment

Selective Breeding for Fast Growth

These chickens are typically reach slaughter weight in as little as 35 days, maximising turnover of chickens.

Selective Breeding for Fast Growth

These chickens are typically reach slaughter weight in as little as 35 days, maximising turnover of chickens.

High Stocking Densities

There is often more than 15 birds per metre, to maximise meat production in the space available.

 

Lots of birds mean lots of waste. High ammonia creates         breathing problems and wet litter leads to the development   of skin sores, especially in lame birds that spend most of       their time lying down.

Indoors Their Whole Lives

Allowing an optimum temperature to be maintained to ensure the chickens spend maximum energy on gaining weight.

 

Intensively reared birds can suffer from heat stroke in these packed sheds. With up to 18 hours of artificial light a day to encourage eating and maximise growth rate, it leaves little time to enjoy peaceful rest.

Routine Use of Antibiotics

To prevent disease.

 

Keeping so many birds in such a confined space carries a high risk of disease. Intensive farming relies on antibiotic use to prevent disease occurring. Use of antibiotics in farming contributes to antibiotic resistance. This means less effective antibiotics to treat on humans.