Egg Production Facts

In a natural setting, a hen will cluck to her chicks before they even hatch while sitting on the eggs in her nest. They peep back to her and to each other through their shells.

Chickens can distinguish between more than 100 faces of their own species.

It takes approximately 34 hours for a hen to produce an egg. So to keep up with demand, 452 million hens are used by the egg industry every year.

Female chicks are separated from males and are used to continue to egg-production cycle. Male chicks are either ground up alive or tossed into garbage bags where they will be suffocated. More than 100 million male chicks are killed by the egg industry every year.

Female chicks then have their beaks sawed off with a hot blade, without the use of any sort of pain killer or numbing agent. This is done because the chicks are kept in such small cages that they often hurt each other during confinement.

After two years of being forced to live in tiny wiry cages, egg laying hens are taken to slaughter for their meat. Quite simply, chickens are the most abused animals on the planet. More than 55 times as many chickens are slaughtered each year as pigs and cows combined!
Courtesy of PETA