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CHICKENS

Sociable, chatty and astoundingly intelligent: chickens are fascinating animals with distinct personalities. Their social and communicative behaviour is highly developed. For example, mother hens communicate with their unhatched chicks whilst still inside the egg. Chickens enjoy spending their time by scratching in the grass, pecking at grains on the ground and taking thorough sand baths. Well kept and cared for, a chicken can live up to 15 years. In contrast, battery hens on factory farms live for only around 20 months. During this time, they lay some 300 eggs per year – this strain takes its toll.   

Worth knowing about chickens

Happy chickens

10 Facts About Chickens

There's a lot more to chickens than being simple egg and meat suppliers 

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Eggs

Hidden Cage Eggs in Processed Food

Whilst millions of Europeans want to end suffering of hens, they continue to suffer in narrow cages

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Chickens in cage

End the Cage Age

Countless animals in Europe have to spend their lives in cages. Sign up to join the community for a cage-free world!

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the hidden suffering of chickens

People have kept domestic chickens for thousands of years for their eggs and eventually for slaughter. Today, chickens are bred for a single characteristic: laying hens for extremely high egg production, and broiler chickens for fast fattening. Industrial poultry farming focuses on the cost-effective production of meat and eggs. The life of these high-performance chickens mostly takes place behind closed shed doors – and is short and painful.
 

A female laying hen in a barn

Laying Hens

With over 300 eggs per year: the high-performance chickens in the egg industry

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Types of Husbandry for Laying Hens

Types of Husbandry for Laying Hens

How do chickens live in a cage, a barn, in free-range or in organic farming systems?

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Day-old Chicks

Day-Old Chicks: Death on the Assembly Line

How millions of male chicks die in egg production 

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Broiler Chickens

Broiler Chickens

What is the suffering behind chicken meat?

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Happy chickens

FOUR PAWS

has been working for decades to improve conditions of farm animals

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