The other day, I was thinking that it would be nice and very humane if I was rich and had a large amount of land, and could have free-roaming chickens living in my preserve. I know anyone can go to their local health food market, and get free-range, hormone free anti-biotic free chickens, which is probably the best available.
I've seen "free" range chickens. The are all in a giant warehouse, with high ceilings and stadium lighting all over the place. They are in a giant crowd, thousands of them, pacing around, looking around, and shitting. Heads darting in all directions. The bok-boking must be deafening.
I suppose that it's better then the alternative de-beaking and poor genetically mutated chicken-like gelatinous blobs.
I think if these farms wanted to be really humane, they should look into a chicken's natural environment, whatever that may be. People could pay to hunt them and process them themselves at home. Have the kids de-feather them. That's how society could obtain their dinner, and if the local government controls the situation, that could pay for education and social service programs.
I bet a lot less people would be eating chicken.