The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is donating $25,000 to the Michigan State University’s new egg-laying hen research facility.

The new MSU facility will provide housing and rooms to conduct research on hens in conventional cages, cage-free aviary and enriched colony stages. The facility will allow researchers to measure performances and behavioral traits of hens using nests and perches at a variety of floor spacings per hen.

In addition to this donation, USPOULTRY’s research program has funded a $72,600 project, entitled, “Enriched Colony Cages: Stocking Density on Laying Hen Well-Being,” that will be conducted at MSU in the new facilities.