Overcrowded and unnatural
As farms become increasingly industrialised to fuel the growing global demand for chicken meat, chickens are bred to grow up to three times as fast as traditional breeds in a short space of time. This comes at an enormous cost to their welfare.
An industrial chicken shed can hold tens of thousands of birds. At the end of their short lives, the birds are so densely packed that each animal can have less floor space than an A4 piece of paper.
This extreme overcrowding makes it difficult for chickens to move or behave naturally.
Sitting and lying in waste
Litter covering the floor of an industrial chicken farm is often poor quality, so chickens spend their lives sitting or lying in their own waste.
Contact with the dirty floor can lead to painful skin lesions on the animal’s feet, legs and breasts. Ammonia in the air can cause respiratory and eye problems.
Poor conditions like these can lead to an increase in lameness and skin disease.
7-day-old chick lying on its front on the floor of a caged farming system
Bare and bleak, with no natural light
Most industrial chicken sheds are bare except for lines of food and water dispensers.
Chickens are unable to perform natural behaviours, such as perching, foraging, exploring and dust-bathing. These activities would normally keep them active and healthy. Without them, they can suffer both physically and psychologically.
Most factory-grown chickens spend their lives in closed sheds without natural light. This means they move less, which can lead to leg problems and even lameness.
You can read more about this in our new report, 'Exposing the secret suffering of chickens farmed for meat'.
Time for change
There is a better way. Higher-welfare indoor systems are already in use. These systems give chickens more time to grow, more space, more light and more opportunity to behave like chickens.
As a global fast-food retailer, KFC can help create change for chickens. Join us in urging KFC to lead by example and improve the lives of billions of chickens. Sign the petition now.
Please note, this film illustrates the conditions at one of many typical industrial indoor chicken farms, and does not reflect a supplier to any particular fast food outlet.