Various unpleasant fates await you – your life will go one of two directions – you will either be a chicken destined for meat consumption or you will be designated an egg-producing chicken. In fact you will get so accustomed to your roles that you will either be born a broiler (meat) strain chicken or an egg strain chicken.
In egg production, to be the male half of the egg chickens bred into existence your entire life is deemed to be worth nothing. You will be killed almost immediately, often gassed or thrown alive into a IMD (Instantaneous Mechanical Destruction) machine. I’m afraid you won’t put on enough weight quick enough to be “commercially viable.” Your existence is useless to us, I’m afraid. Never mind about your will to live.
Your suffering may be brief, but you have been intentionally brought into this world and will be leaving almost instantly; your fate is already mapped out before you.
If you come into this world a female egg chicken you will at least see 2 years of your natural 7 year lifespan. The tip of your beak will be removed so that you don’t hurt any other members of your community. Note that you will be fighting and possibly eating your companions since your life is going to be so limited and frustrating. If you are lucky minority you may see the pleasantries of a relatively peaceful farm; for 95% of you however, you are destined to live your entire life out with as much space as an A4 sheet of paper.
You may live to see 2 years of your natural 7 year lifespan, but most of you will have been killed some point earlier as you were unable to lay fast enough. Before that though, you may be starved to induce moulting which can keep you laying eggs for a bit longer. Then, en masse, your life will be fiendishly taken from you. A torturous end to a torturous life.
The rest of you chicks are brought into being purely for your body – your very flesh is the only reason you exist. In regards to your 7+ year natural lifespan, on average you will live for 47 miserable days if you are born in a place called “Europe”, or 42 days if you were born in a place called “USA”. You are permitted to live less than 2% of your natural life, however you will not spend it remotely well. You shall spend your brief, miserable time in existence in the same cramped, violent, physically-restricted conditions as the egg chickens.
After 6 or 7 weeks of being fed unnatural diets designed to fatten you up before you even get a chance to become a young adult chicken, you will be extinguished and your flesh will be consumed. This is the very reason why you were brought into being in the first place – to suffer and be eaten by a creature that doesn’t even need to eat you. Your lives will be full of great suffering, pain and torment and the most despicable part is that it is entirely unnecessary. This manipulation of nature and the senseless suffering literally created is a most shameful crime indeed. Hopefully, one day, you might live unhindered by those big, apish overlords.
Further reading:Factory Farming: Battery Hens