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Chicken Farm

22 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 02 October 2011

The amount of chicken eaten in the UK has tripled in the last four decades. Currently, the average person eats the equivalent of 13 full roast chickens each year.

In this programme, Sarah Swadling visits an intensive chicken farm in North Derbyshire where 180,000 chickens are being reared in massive sheds. The birds live in a state of the art temperature controlled environment with under floor heating and daylight. The food, water, heating and lighting are controlled by computers and monitored by farm staff.

Sarah talks to farm owner David Speller about the animal health and welfare, the future of chicken production and the ethics of producing over a million birds a year.

On Your Farm is presented by Sarah Swadling and produced in Birmingham by Angela Frain.


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