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I have raised my own chickens for many years. The eggs and chickens taste noticeably better and allowing them to forage greatly reduces their food bill. I have no way of knowing about chicken happiness, but they certainly look happier in their little flock pecking and scratching, and they certainly make me happier watching them, they are such silly birds.
Did your friend ever go visit this "free range farm" to see what it was like?It is difficult to say what makes a chicken happy or sad. I suppose one could tell if the bird was in pain.Certainly there would be benefits of supporting small farms and small businesses. Truthfully, "factory" chicken farming is intense. And... there is a reason why your farm-fresh eggs may have blood spots, and your store eggs don't. Is that a sign of happiness?But, the factory chickens would be content in the environment where they are born and raised. And, wouldn't know what to do in any other environment.As far as laying eggs... the birds were bred to lay about an egg a day. It has nothing to do with happiness, although perhaps they would have interruptions under extreme stress.