My husband and I just watched a fascinating documentary on PBS the other night titled The Natural History of the Chicken. It was very interesting, in so many ways, and it truly went from the ridiculous to the sublime. They actually have it on YouTube if you're interested. There were parts, however, that were incredibly difficult for me to watch. Specifically, the factories that crank out hundreds of thousands of eggs, for instance, where the hens are crammed 6 to a cage, never see the light of day and are completely exploited for our country's demand for eggs (I have some opinions about this, can you tell?) The other part that really upset me was the section on hatcheries. They showed the incubators and then a guy pulling out a tray of half hatched eggs. They then showed conveyer belt upon conveyer belt, loaded with hour old chicks, being tossed and tumbled as they were being "processed" and made ready for shipment. I truly became sick to my stomach and thought to myself, if this is really how it goes down at the hatcheries, I don't think I can ever order them anymore. It will only be broody hens for me. What do you know? Are the smaller hatcheries less "factory" in their approach or is it just the nature of the beast? I want the truth, please.