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Chicken Care:Monitoring and Maintaining the health of the flock



If you'd like a more detailed look into the life of a broiler chicken, check out the below 

"Chicken Care" series. See how chickens are typically raised, the thought and research that 

goes into their housing, food, breeding, and medical care, and how farmers, veterinarians, 

and nutritionists are always working to do better.




Chicken Care: Monitoring and Maintaining the health of the flock

Three times a day, farmers make the rounds to check on the health of the chickens. The 

temperature in the barn and all environmental factors are checked, and all 25,000 chickens

in the barn are surveyed to make sure that they are all in good health and able to access 

food and water independently. Today, through improvements in nutrition, housing, breeding, 

veterinary care and bird health – chickens' mortality rates have dropped by 450%, compared 

to previous years. That's a number we reproud of, but we also know there's still work to do

to continue improving how we care for our birds.

 


If a chicken is found to be ill, a flock will be treated – possibly including antibiotics – to bring it

back to health. Chickens with an illness or ailment, like a broken leg, that cannot access feed 

or water on their own will be humanly euthanized by trained animal welfare representatives 

or farmers, to prevent suffering. This process is called culling and it involves cervical dislocation, 

a process in which a chicken's neck is quickly and humanely broken.