(AP) – The Humane Society of the United States says its undercover investigation at a central Pennsylvania egg farm found hens suffering in severely overcrowded cages, along with mummified bird carcasses, thick layers of dead flies and other conditions it called “deplorable.”
The group said Thursday its six-week probe at a Kreider Farms facility in Manheim found many birds did not have enough room to spread their wings and were sick or injured.
Pennsylvania is the nation’s third-largest egg producing state. Kreider Farms is among its largest, supplying retail stores in the mid-Atlantic.
Kreider Farms executive Dave Andrews told WGAL-TV that the Humane Society was misrepresenting how the company treats the animals. He said the group found “something that may look unsavory, and they’re blowing that up on camera.”