Spring 1999 Poultry Press The Battle Over Battery Hens
Communication to UPC from
Cal-Maine Egg Company Manager:
Many Hens Choke to Death
After Twelve Days of Starvation

Jan. 19, 1999 - "Our chicken houses hold 126,000 give or take a few hundred. Our molts usually last about 12 days and during the molt we lose right around 50 birds a day. The last couple of days of the molt before we feed them we lose 100 to 150. The day we feed them we will lose about 200-250 hens within a few hours after we feed them. The hens tend to gorge themselves and choke on the feed as they try to eat too much too soon, or at least that's what we believe."
Spring 1999 Poultry Press The Battle Over Battery Hens