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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.


BuzzFeed feedback on cage-free eggs a must-read

News article gets message out about oversupply of cage-free eggs but comments also reveal how little some consumers know
When I saw the headline “America is flooded with cage-free eggs, but people aren’t buying them,” I was happy to see that message being spread.
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Housing systems should be designed around the animal

If your primary concern is housing the most laying hens or sows in the least amount of space, you probably won’t get the desired results
Just as egg producers are housing more cage-free hens, many pork producers are switching from gestation stalls to group pens for housing pregnant sows. The driving force for both of these transitions is purchase pledges by major foodservice and retail customers.
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Whitsons Culinary Group makes GAP broiler pledge

Foodservice company also commits to source only cage-free liquid eggs
Whitsons Culinary Group, a foodservice company headquartered in Islandia, New York, has pledged to only source broiler chickens raised according to Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards and liquid eggs from cage-free hens.
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United Egg Producers defines cage-free eggs

With many questions regarding what qualifies as cage-free eggs, UEP board clears up confusion
The United Egg Producers (UEP) board has unanimously approved a definition to cage-free eggs, in an effort to clear up confusion in the marketplace and among producers.
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Worries about cage-free eggs reach India

Critics say if cage-free egg production is taken up in India, egg consumption will drop
Attendees at a session organized by India’s National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) and Vista Processed Foods were cautioned that if cage-free egg production reaches India, egg consumption would be apt to decline.
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Why consumers buy cage-free eggs may surprise you

Consumers view free-range and cage-free eggs as more nutritious and safer and are less concerned by the hen’s welfare than may have been thought.
A small Australian survey has found that consumers that buy free-range eggs are not solely motivated by hen welfare, but see positive benefits accruing to themselves though buying "happy eggs."
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Future of poultry welfare: What producers should expect

Attitudes to poultry welfare still vary greatly from market to market, but ever-more alignment can be expected as interest in animal welfare grows.
Poultry and egg producers can expect animal welfare pressures to increase as global companies will have more influence on the future of poultry welfare.
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Latest cage-free ventilation, lighting and litter tactics

Beyond new housing systems, cage-free egg farming requires farmers to change how they approach familiar elements in the house: ventilation, lighting and litter management.
Cage-free farming elevates the importance of aspects that were almost afterthoughts in a conventional house, augmenting the challenge of the transition.
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How to mitigate dust and ammonia in cage-free houses

A slew of novel technologies aiming to control dust and ammonia levels inside cage-free houses are arriving to the market, but are they effective?
Cage-free farming brings inherent air quality challenges, so farmers need to adapt in order to protect the health of their flock and their workers.
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