Chicken houses generally hold tens of thousands of birds. While the birds are not caged and are free to move about, each chicken has approximately 0.7 square feet of space. Such overcrowding does not allow the birds to walk freely, stretch or flap their wings. Crowded conditions can also compromise the chicken's immunity, leading to an increased need for medications including antibiotics.
Indoor space: Criteria key
industry baseline. Programs that require a stocking density of 6.5 lb/ft2 or higher do not exceed the industry baseline.
stocking density does not exceed 6.5/ft2.
stocking density does not exceed 5 lb/ft2 which is roughly equivalent to 1 ft2 per bird for a 5-pound bird
At least 1.75 ft2 per bird, or the chickens are raised on pasture and the indoor space is used primarily for sleeping. Note: When welfare programs require that the chickens be raised on pasture, indoor space requirements are less important since the birds can use the outdoor space for exercise and the indoor space is used primarily at night for sleeping.
Indoor space: How labels stack up against criteria