In looking through different career options and figuring out college planning, I have looked at plenty of articles and websites. (Currently between elementary education and poultry farming) This particular article-- or rather, paragraph-- though.... It's a completely different story. What started out as a seemingly innocent website detailing different routes to starting a chicken operation led to this abhorrent bullet point and followed reasoning: Battery Cage Method: Battery cage layer poultry rearing method is one of the very common methods used in many countries. In this system usually small, A4 paper-sized metal cages are used. Each cage can accommodate about 3 to 8 hens. The walls of the cages are generally made of mesh or solid metal and the floor is made of sloped wire mesh which allow the faeces to drop down. When the hens lays eggs, then all the eggs gather in the egg collecting conveyor belt of the cage. In this system food is provided in front of the hens by a long bisected metal or plastic pipe and water served to them by using overhead nipple systems. The cages are arranged in long rows in one above another system. There may have several floors in a single shade which can keep many even thousands of hens together. For reducing feather and vent pecking, the light intensity is generally kept lower than 10 lux. The battery cage method has many benefits. The main benefits of battery cage are listed below. It is very easy to care for the birds. Healthier for the birds. Very easy to collect eggs. Cleaner eggs. Requires less feed to produce eggs. Thousands of hens may be housed in a specific floor space of the house. The birds suffers less by internal parasites. Labor cost is very low. Besides those benefits battery cage system has some difficulties too. By rearing large numbers of hens in a small place the air inside the house may contain high ratio of CO2, but is easily combated by air vents and fans. The hens also can’t get sufficient space to walk, flap their wings, stand or perch. For this reason they may suffer by frustration and boredom and their behaviors may change which in turn may affect their production. So, yeah, that just got said. Even though I've had chickens for a mere 3 years, reading this was like a slap to the face. I know this stuff happens, but the way they list the "benefits" and the "difficulties". "For this reason (Lack of room to flap, walk, stand, or perch), they may suffer by frustration and boredom....which in turn may affect their production." I realize that I may just be overreacting a little too much to this article, and while I understand that this practice will probably continue for who-knows-how-long, this article kind of made me want to do something about this blatant ignorance of even common sense. So I made a thread. Sorry for any offenses taken or ranting contained in the above. But seriously, I can't be the only one who gets a bee in their bonnet from this excerpt, right?