Chickens are the most consumed animal in the United Kingdom with approximately 1.12 billion bred each year. Most flesh is produced from broiler chickens with the remainder coming from egg laying hens that are no longer considered profitable.

Living Conditions

Almost all chickens are raised on factory farms

Age at Death

All chickens are killed at a fraction of their natural lifespan

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 put into gas chambers and then their throats are cut

Welfare Concerns

Unsuitable Shed Density

Unsuitable Shed Density

Chickens are packed into sheds at a rate of up to 19 birds per square meter of space

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In British farming

Legal
Flock Culling

Flock Culling

Birds seen as weak or unprofitable are killed and discarded

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In British farming

Indoor Rearing

Indoor Rearing

Birds live their whole lives in sheds with no outdoor access or natural lighting

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In British farming

Legal
Fast Growing Breeds

Fast Growing Breeds

Chickens are selectively bred to grow at two to four times their natural rate leading to health issues

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In British farming

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Starvation

Starvation

Fast growing birds that can't move perish because they are unable to access food and water

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In British farming

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Foot Rot

Foot Rot

Birds feet and legs are burnt by faeces that build up on the uncleaned shed floors

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Heart and Circulation Failure

Heart and Circulation Failure

Pressure on birds bodies from fast growth leads to heart failure and death

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In British farming

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Unsuitable Flock Size

Unsuitable Flock Size

Birds cannot exhibit their natural "pecking order" behaviour because flock sizes are too large

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In British farming

No Water Access

No Water Access

Semiaquatic ducks with no access to surface water unable express their natural behaviours

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In British farming

Early Deaths

Early Deaths

Birds die before being sent to slaughter because of the low welfare conditions they are raised in

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In British farming

Legal
Non-stun Slaughter

Non-stun Slaughter

Birds throats are cut without first being stunned in an electric water bath or gas chamber

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In British farming

Unsuitable Transport

Unsuitable Transport

Chickens are transported during hot temperatures that are known to cause distress and suffering

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In British farming

Common during summer

Other Industries

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