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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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36 articles about cage-free egg production

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VIDEO: How poultry producers can secure the future of agriculture

Learn what Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications of Animal Agriculture Alliance, has to say about slower growing broilers and what you can do to address it.
Learn what Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications of Animal Agriculture Alliance, has to say about slower growing broilers and what you can do to address it.
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Confusion over cage-free egg pledges continues

Taco Bell’s latest announcement reveals an apparent oversight others likely made when committing to source only cage-free eggs
It’s been said and blogged before that many, if not all, of the cage-free purchase pledges made by restaurant companies are a little vague, if not confusing.
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Avian influenza and the risk from backyard flocks

Poultry owners, whatever their size, should be able to house birds well no matter the circumstances
Backyard flocks, when not properly managed, represent a disease risk to the wider poultry industry, particularly when in contact with wild birds and when avian influenza viruses are circulating.
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Raising hens with intact beaks to produce cage-free eggs

A Dutch egg producer with 25 years of cage-free experience has successfully transitioned to cage-free egg production from hens with intact beaks.
The practice of trimming the beaks of laying hens, broiler and turkey breeders, and turkey meat birds goes back decades. Beak trimming was instituted as a management tool to prevent injury resulting from aggressive pecking and feather pecking. In spite of advancements such as infrared beak treatment, animal welfare activists have continued to push for an end to beak trimming.
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