Laurie & Gene Bauston, of Farm Sanctuary, say that chickens are the WORST TREATED of all barnyard animals. From what I've read, I believe that is true.
Daywalker and Lezly, what follows isn't directed at either of you. I would just like to make a general comment.
I dislike it when violence and abuse are ranked. I often get action alerts sent to me that use terms like "WORST TREATED." I think this is all too common, and statements like that tend to offend me. The important point isn't whether these animals or those animals suffer the most from exploitation. Suffering shouldn't be framed as a competition. I think the more central point is because so-called "cage-free" eggs are considered "humane," the exploitation and eventual death of these hens and the mass killing of the males chicks is virtually ignored, a point dramatically depicted in the Wegman Cruelty campaign.
Boycott Battery Cage Eggs
One thing you can do right now is to revoke your financial support of battery cage egg production. By simply not buying eggs or only buying "humane" eggs, you can be part of a message to the industry that customers will not support these cruel farming practices, and that they cannot continue to profit unless things change.
My moral obligation as an animal advocate is to disabuse people of the idea that other animals can be used. Therefore, I can't conscientiously bring myself to support a campaign that is directing people to use any animal products.