Letters: Anna Reeves, November 20, 2015

114486-3961 BATTERY HENS (NEWS) MRW 27/12/2011''There was a lot of cluck, cluck, clucking in Denmead this week as Alice Moneypenny (34) gave hundreds of battery hens to new homes''They may not be aware but these chickens will soon be off to new home after a life of being a 'battery hen' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114486-3961) ENGPPP00120111228084654
114486-3961 BATTERY HENS (NEWS) MRW 27/12/2011''There was a lot of cluck, cluck, clucking in Denmead this week as Alice Moneypenny (34) gave hundreds of battery hens to new homes''They may not be aware but these chickens will soon be off to new home after a life of being a 'battery hen' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114486-3961) ENGPPP00120111228084654

Further to the article on plans for a poultry farm by Newcome-Baker Farms, I should like to say that with around 40,000 birds to a barn, it will be close to impossible to inspect each one on a daily basis and at least two people would be required to nothing else all the time.

In crowded sheds conditions such as hock burns, ulcerated feet and bresat blisters can easily be overlooked and dead birds may not be instantly removed.

When they are killed, at around five weeks old, chickens are essentially obese babies, the products of selective breeding. Some are so heavy that their legs are unable to support them and their hearts are unable to function properly. Chickens live amongst their own excretia and are often burnt by its scolding ammonia. Massive doses of antibiotics are routinely fed to chickens so they also end up in the final product. If, as supporters claim, the UK has the highest hygiene and care standards, something is seriously amiss.

Supporters are also quoted as saying that an additional 1.3 million tonnes of chicken meat will be needed by 2020. This is unsubstantiated and given the current trends towards reduced consumption of meat, may well be highly inaccurate. I do urge the council’s planning department to reject Newcome-Baker Farm’s application and readers to think twice before consuming factory farmed poultry.

Anna Reeves

Saddlebow Village, Lynn