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Egg Production / Poultry Welfare
on December 21, 2016

How stocking density affects free-range hen behavior

Laying hens’ behavior will depend on how many how many hens are kept on the range.

There is no universal standard for the outdoor stocking density of free-range laying hens, and different certification bodies have their own requirements.

These requirements are not always based on strong evidence, meaning that not all current stocking density recommendations applied around the world will necessarily result in the best returns…

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