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Broilers & Layers / Poultry Nutrition / Hens
on March 6, 2019

7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention

We must adjust our thinking on feeding hens housed in cage-free systems to allow for their increased movement, social interaction and exposure to environmental hazards.

Cage free does not necessarily mean free-range layers. Hens are still kept in-house on floors with bedding material or in open aviaries (multi-storied cages with open access).

In general, cage free means, as was the political motivation behind it, that hens are free to roam, wherever they might be kept…

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