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The Trouble with Backyard Chickens

The Trouble with Backyard Chickens

The backyard chicken movement is gaining a lot of momentum, but those home-grown hens may not be as humane as you think. When you compare your backyard hens to the horrific images we see of factory farming operations, you probably can’t imagine anything more humane than buying a few baby chicks to raise for eggs. Your chickens eat healthy feed and food scraps, they run freely around your backyard, you hug them and consider them part of the family. Keeping chickens feels very warm and fuzzy. The main trouble with backyard chickens is really the same problem that the egg industry has in general: male chickens don’t lay. That means that when you get your chirping box of sweet baby chicks, most – if not all – of the males from that brood were slaughtered because they’re useless as far as egg-laying goes. About 50 percent of the chicks that hatch are male , so for every female ...

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