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21 Things the Egg Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

1. It takes approximately 34 hours for a hen to produce an egg.

Chicken Mom

2. So to keep up with demand, 346 million hens are used by the egg industry every year.

Hens in battery cages

3. Their lives are two years of misery, starting right when they are born.

Newborn Chicks

4. Chicks are born in large incubators such as these.

Turkeys with Heat Lamp

5. They will never see their mothers.

Baby Chicks and Heat Lamps

6. Shortly after birth, the males and females are separated.

7. The females head to a life in the egg industry …

Hens in Battery Cage

8. … and the males are either tossed into trash bags to suffocate …

Egg Farm Chicks

9. … or ground up alive.


More than 100 million male chicks are killed by the egg industry every year.

10. The female chicks have the ends of their beaks cut off with a hot blade.


This is done so that they don’t hurt each other out of frustration during their intense confinement.

11. Five to 11 hens are crammed into tiny wire “battery” cages.

Overcrowded Battery Cage On average, each hen has less living space than the dimensions of a piece of paper.

12. The cages are often stacked on top of one another …

13. … which allows urine and feces to fall down onto birds in the lower cages.

Egg Farm Feces Piles These large piles of feces below the cages are common on some egg farms.

14. Because of the terrible living conditions, chickens often die in their cages.

Hens in Battery Cage

15. They are sometimes left to rot in the same space with living birds.

Stepping on Dead Chicken

16. After about two years, those who have survived are sent to slaughter.

Chickens in Transport

17. At the slaughterhouse, laying hens meet the same bloody end as that of chickens raised for their meat.

Chickens in Transport Truck

18. They are shackled and hung upside down …

Chickens Getting Shackled Shackled Chickens

19. … they are electrocuted …

Chickens Getting Electrocuted

20. … their throats are cut …

21. … and they are often scalded to death.

Chickens Getting Scalded Chickens are smart, social, sensitive animals who deserve a much better life than this. Help chickens everywhere by refusing to eat eggs. And if you think  more people need to see where their eggs comes from, share this page on Facebook.

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