Nobody’s talking about naming them, cuddling them or making them pets. Reasonable people expect livestock to be treated humanely and most farmers would agree. I also think it makes a difference with the quality of the food.
Farmers maintain the health of their animals in order for them to be productive. They also slaughter them at the end of their laying cycle. I know chickens. I have no sympathy for chickens. They are dirty, obnoxious, wasteful animals. Best way to deal with chickens is keep them in the smallest cage possible for their own good. Free range is sappy nonsense. Let them run wild and any number of predators will put them on their menu. Chickens are not puppies. They are livestock raised for one purpose, food.
If most farmers agree, and don't do this, then why is it that you ignore the Constitutional issue and rant on about chicken comforts? Why should the entire nation be subject to one state's laws when they are based on a notion that you already assert is mostly untrue? If most farmers don't do this, then why must 300 million people face higher prices to address an issue that only concerns a few farms and have it dictated by only one state?