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Buyers have big plans for egg farm | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 28 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 2, 2011, titled Buyers have big plans for egg farm | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A group of Iowa egg producers says its purchase of Ohio's largest egg farm will lead to a new era of compliance and accountability - and substantial new investment.

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Jack W

Columbus Grove, OH

#21 Jul 2, 2011
But Seriously wrote:
Back yard hens solve these problems.
How many have "back yard" hens these days? Very few have a flock of hens anymore. How much land would it require to have 8 million free roaming hens? A quick search comes up with about 10 square feet needed per hen. So 80 million square feet sounds like a rough estimate to replace this farm. About 2-3 square miles per farm needed for free roaming hens if I calculate correctly. Regardless, that's one expensive farm.
disappointed

Blacklick, OH

#22 Jul 2, 2011
Oh, I was hoping for an amusement park
Jack W

Columbus Grove, OH

#23 Jul 2, 2011
Jack W wrote:
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How many have "back yard" hens these days? Very few have a flock of hens anymore. How much land would it require to have 8 million free roaming hens? A quick search comes up with about 10 square feet needed per hen. So 80 million square feet sounds like a rough estimate to replace this farm. About 2-3 square miles per farm needed for free roaming hens if I calculate correctly. Regardless, that's one expensive farm.
Actually, I'm probably way under the actual space needed. The hens eat the grass or weeds down to dirt. So they need to be moved to new areas to prevent this from happening. Now also, imagine the areas needed for the barns for the hens to go in at night to lay eggs, get out of the rain etc. These barns would require more room than they presently do since these ar free roaming hens not caged birds. The 2-3 square miles would require lots of barns since the hens would be roaming that entire area and need to get back to the barns to eat and drink water besides lay eggs and sleep. This is one farm. How many other farms are required for the egg production in Ohio?
Jack W

Columbus Grove, OH

#24 Jul 2, 2011
Jack W wrote:
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How many have "back yard" hens these days? Very few have a flock of hens anymore. How much land would it require to have 8 million free roaming hens? A quick search comes up with about 10 square feet needed per hen. So 80 million square feet sounds like a rough estimate to replace this farm. About 2-3 square miles per farm needed for free roaming hens if I calculate correctly. Regardless, that's one expensive farm.
By the way, this is about twice the size of the Columbus Zoo inckuding the parking areas.
Its Just a Chicken

Sunbury, OH

#25 Jul 2, 2011
Free range chickens, that is a proven way to hike the price on a dozen eggs. They should add a few more per cage......more eggs.
Colette

Bowling Green, OH

#26 Jul 2, 2011
Its Just a Chicken wrote:
Free range chickens, that is a proven way to hike the price on a dozen eggs. They should add a few more per cage......more eggs.
They're still living creatures that feel pain and fear.
I'd give up eggs before I'd give any money for factory farmed eggs, or any meat/dairy for that matter.

It's cruel and inhumane.
The Happy Crab

Orlando, FL

#27 Jul 2, 2011
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consumers have the power to stop these types of farms by purchasing only eggs from cage free operations. A happier chicken if often times a healthier chicken.... Once the consumer shift occurs,places like this will go out of business. Additonal, boycotts of restaurants that use eggs from these places, such as Bob Evans, if you want to take it a step further.
Places like this that produce cheap food are detrimental to human health, b/c of this I accept the more expensive costs of purchasing organic and cage free eggs. No animal should have to live in inhumane conditions for the sake of my appetite or wallet.
Yes, but are you and willing to pay 2 or 3 bucks per egg just to make the chickens happy? If we were to put the big egg farms out of business, then the price of eggs would sky-rocket upwards. There are ways to run these farms humanely and that is what we should insist on.
Pataskala n8ive

Washington, DC

#28 Jul 6, 2011
guest wrote:
consumers have the power to stop these types of farms by purchasing only eggs from cage free operations. A happier chicken if often times a healthier chicken.... Once the consumer shift occurs,places like this will go out of business. Additonal, boycotts of restaurants that use eggs from these places, such as Bob Evans, if you want to take it a step further.
Places like this that produce cheap food are detrimental to human health, b/c of this I accept the more expensive costs of purchasing organic and cage free eggs. No animal should have to live in inhumane conditions for the sake of my appetite or wallet.
Bob Evans does not get eggs from Ohio fresh. How do you know the eggs your buying are cagefree or organic unless your purchasing them from a local farmer you don't. The information that is on the carton is regulated by FDA and all they are interested in is the "D" in their name.

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