Big pens breed chicken 'cannibalism'

Big pens breed chicken 'cannibalism'

There are 3 comments on the WLFI-TV West Lafayette story from Apr 26, 2010, titled Big pens breed chicken 'cannibalism'. In it, WLFI-TV West Lafayette reports that:

As more states move to ban restrictive livestock cages, the campaign to free egg-laying hens from cramped cages and shift them to pens animal rights advocates call more humane could be poised to unintentionally boost deaths among those birds.

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Philadelphia, PA

#1 Apr 26, 2010
even in pens with just 7 birds they will eat a weak or wounded bird. They will also eat the eggs if there's a chance.

activists should do their research before they sit on their fencepost and pontificate.

Winnipeg, Canada

#2 Apr 26, 2010
If chickens see one amongst them that is bleeding etc they will attack it. I can only hazard a guess that they believe it can make them sick, or kill them via disease, or some such other reason. It seems to be a culling action. In all raising of chickens there are deaths or misery if you consider,if only, the precipitous end.
It is still more humane to let them flock together. Some farmers who accommodate chickens in pens remove injured birds and isolate them temporarily until their wounds are healed.
hog caller

Moultrie, GA

#4 Apr 26, 2010
sounds like some kinky sex with chickens

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