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Cage-Free Laying Systems

The latest articles, analysis and information on hens laying eggs in a cage-free environment inside barns or buildings and engaging in some natural behaviors like walking and nesting to help egg producers maximize flock performance and yields from the editors of Egg Industry magazine.

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Happier hens could mean you pay more for eggs

New AAEA member research looks at impact of developing animal welfare laws
Each year Americans eat an average of 250 eggs, and right now there is a surplus in most parts of the country because of increased production. In California, however there is a decrease in the number of eggs being laid. Why? It could be a case of happier hens.
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Rose Acre puts cage-free housing construction on hold

Cage-free egg demand is lower than the supply, prompting decision
Because consumer demand for more expensive cage-free eggs remains low and a glut of cage-free eggs exists, Rose Acre Farms is at least temporarily discontinuing the addition of cage-free laying systems.
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6 common cage-free egg production mistakes

Cage-free egg specialists describe the six most common mistakes they see on farms and provide tips on how to avoid them.
Despite the best education and preparation, the transition to cage-free production is a complex and challenging processes even for veteran egg farmers. Husbandry experts were asked about what errors they’ve seen most often in the field, and steps farmers can take to ensure they don’t make the same mistakes.
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Vital Farms video disparages cage-free egg production

A somewhat humorous video illustrates the messy side of letting the marketplace sort out how laying hens are housed.
An online video released by pasture-raised egg producer Vital Farms purports to tell the difference between pasture-raised and cage-free eggs. A commonly used vulgarity to describe bovine feces is “bleeped out” when it is used over and over to describe eggs produced in cage-free barns, or the pasture-raised eggs which are said to be bovine-feces free.
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