Chase, Kansas (May 29, 2014)
The magnitude of these four buildings can only be appreciated by looking at how small the massive construction equipment (scrapers) look on the left side of the photo and the semi-trailers, near the egg packing facility, to the right. These are two-story buildings with extended porches on each side. There are ramps, in the porches, leading from the second floor down to the ground. Again, even if these porches, with floors and ceilings, and screened walls, constituted the “outdoors,” their size would make it impossible to accommodate more than 5%-10% of the birds (if they were “floor birds”). However, it’s likely that these buildings contain multilevel aviaries, each building holding over 100,000 birds. If that’s the case, a minute percentage of birds could potentially take advantage of their “outdoor” space.
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