Researcher creates peaceful hens in effort to avoid pecking deaths

04/26/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

As more states move to eliminate battery cages and let laying hens roam freely in pens, it's likely the instances of pecking-death "cannibalism" will rise. In an effort to reduce chicken-on-chicken violence, a researcher at Purdue University has created a breeding method that results in more peaceful chickens, The Associated Press reports.

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