Despite emphatically exclaiming on its website that birds are “NOT FACTORY FARMED!!!” Culver Duck Farms Inc., a supplier to Whole Foods, crams up to 4,000 ducks into massive, dark sheds, giving each bird only about 2 to 3 square feet of floor space. A supervisor told the eyewitness that Culver was experimenting to see if ducks could be raised on just 1 square foot of space per bird. Others were kept isolated in 1.5-square-foot wire-floored cages for weeks before being slaughtered.
Ducks often suffered from what workers called ammonia burns, which left them with raw-looking skin and missing feathers. A supervisor admitted to the eyewitness that the stagnant, ammonia-filled air would blind some ducks whose eyes were sealed shut with mucus, yet Culver assures customers that ventilation and fresh air are “critical” to its farming operations.
Ducks were denied any opportunity to swim or bathe, which are vital to their welfare. The grated flooring under their only water source, which the observer never saw cleaned, was caked with feces.
Read more about the investigation by PETA here.