Chicken is the most consumed meat in the UK with approximately 1.12 billion slaughtered each year. Most meat is produced from broiler chickens with the remainder coming from spent egg laying hens.

Living Conditions

Almost all chickens are kept in factory farms

BBC

Slaughter Age

All chickens are slaughtered at a fraction of their natural lifespan

BBC

Factory farmed chickens
Free range chickens
Organic chickens

Factory farmed chickens

35 days

Free range chickens

56 days

Organic chickens

81 days

Birth

Natural life expectancy

Slaughter Method

A majority of chickens are gassed to death using carbon dioxide

UK Government

Legality in United Kingdom

Prevalence in British farming

Shed Packing Density

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Flock Thinning

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Indoor Rearing

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Fast Growing Breeds

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Bone Fractures

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Foot Rot

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Heart and Circulation Failure

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Unsuitable Flock Size

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

No Surface Water

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Early Deaths

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Non-stun slaughter

Legality in United Kingdom

Legal

UK Government

Prevalence in British farming

9% of chickens

UK Government

Other Industries

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