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Board Approves Construction of Cage-Free Chicken Confinements

By Joseph Schany - | May 20, 2021

by Joseph Schany

The Palo Alto County Supervisors approved the construction of cage-free chicken confinement buildings for Daybreak Foods, Inc. during Tuesday morning’s regular session meeting.

According to Aletha King, Palo Alto County Zoning, the conditional use permit calls for the construction of three new cage-free chicken confinement buildings and one new dry manure storage unit at the existing Daybreak Foods site near Graettinger, where it has been located since 1996.

The site, which previously housed around 1.7 million birds within eight buildings, has been demolished in the past months to make way for new structures.

“If you have driven up there, the buildings are gone,” said King. “They crushed all the cement into a huge pile.”

The newly proposed cage-free confinements will give hens room to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages. The new structures are estimated to hold around 2.1 million birds total, with manure stored separately in a building to the west.

“The old buildings had one floor of birds and one floor of manure underneath,” said Brett Pickar, General Manager at Daybreak Foods. “[The new buildings] have three floors of birds and no manure underneath because it all gets removed everyday and goes out to the manure building.”

Read the full article in The Democrat.