Whn shopping for eggs, you’ll notice the cartons often tout being cage-free, free-range, or pasture-raised. The move -towards giving hens more space has been gaining ground for some time. -According to the Wall Street Journal, 17 million hens (6 percent of the U.S. egg-laying flock) now roam free. Others, however, argue the way to go is larger cages. But isn’t freedom a good thing?
“All that freedom typically means a higher percentage of hens die prematurely,” writes the Journal’s David Kesmodel, “sometimes from injuries suffered in flight or from pecking by other chickens, according to animal scientists and farmers.”
Pecking by other chickens? What is this? A farm or a prison yard? In fact, sources tell The Scrapbook that the majority of chickens found pecked to death had been accused of being stool pigeons. (Rimshot!)