Up to 80,000 hens are crammed in each shed in cages eight tiers high. They never experience sunshine, fresh air, grass under their feet or dust to bathe in.
Hens closely confined peck each other to death from boredom so their beaks are burned off with a hot blade without pain relief.
Up to 90% of battery hens suffer broken bones from a lack of exercise, calcium depletion and rough handling. Hens now lay 320 eggs a year instead of 20 due to routine antibiotics, high protein feed and genetic selection.
Battery hens suffer severe feather loss when their bodies rub against wire cages and from calcium depletion by producing hundreds of egg shells. Their claws grow so long and twisted that some wrap around the floor of the cage and trap the bird.
In the wild, hens live 10 years or longer, but commercial egg-laying hens live a maximum of 2 years before they are killed when their "economic productivity" declines. Male chicks only live a day before their tiny bodies are dropped into industrial blenders and liquefied.
You're trapped inside a packed lift on the eighth floor. You can't lay flat to sleep, your food and water are piped in and you're stuck there for a year. When others die, their bodies rot at your feet and your urine and faeces drop through a grate in the floor. There is nothing to look at..
YOU CAN HELP!
* Never buy eggs - they're loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat anyway
* Use egg replacements like 'No-Egg' in baking or Silken Tofu instead of scrambled eggs
* Contact: Animal Liberation Victoria on (03) 9531 4367