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Battery Cages

The latest poultry housing research, articles and commentary covering conventional or battery cages, a housing system for egg-laying hens. Battery cages are typically rows and columns of the same-sized cages connected together with a shared divider wall creating the cells of a battery.


Happier hens could mean you pay more for eggs

New AAEA member research looks at impact of developing animal welfare laws
Each year Americans eat an average of 250 eggs, and right now there is a surplus in most parts of the country because of increased production. In California, however there is a decrease in the number of eggs being laid. Why? It could be a case of happier hens.
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California animal welfare laws led to higher egg prices, lower production

Laws that changed animal confinement standards in California raised the price of eggs dramatically upon adoption and have kept prices higher than had the laws not been enacted, according to a Purdue University study. An analysis of the laws’ effects on egg production and prices in California could inform other states considering similar legislation.
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Will Europe’s egg producers go cage free?

Enriched, or colony, cages, may go the same way as conventional cages as retailer pressure grows on Europe’s egg producers to go cage free.
As egg producers around the world face pressure to go cage free, Europe may have to abandon colony cages for its laying hens.
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Avian flu not behind the cage-free egg purchase pledges

Article about Kroger’s decision to launch a co-packed Kroger brand of cage-free eggs misstates who is really behind the cage-free egg purchase pledges.
Kroger is the second largest seller of groceries in the U.S., trailing only Walmart, and when they announced that they were launching Kroger brand cage-free eggs it makes news. At least one popular press article about this announcement really misses the target when trying to explain what is driving Kroger's move.
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Brazil’s Plasson to acquire layer cage company ATI

Plans to acquire company demonstrates Plasson’s intent to grow and diversify
Plasson Ltd., a Brazilian provider of poultry and swine equipment, has agreed to acquire 70 percent of Sangyo Equipamentos Avícolas (ATI), a company incorporated in Brazil that manufactures cages for commercial laying hens and egg sorting machinery.
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US consumers still prefer cheaper cage-produced eggs

The big question is how much longer grocery shoppers will have a choice of the type of eggs they buy
With the tsunami of cage-free egg purchase pledge announcements this year, you might think U.S. egg producers would be struggling to meet the surging demand for cage-free eggs, but that isn’t the case.
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Are cage-free eggs more sustainable than conventional?

The WWF’s leader on sustainable food says cage-free eggs are “hard to defend” from a sustainability standpoint.
Cage-free eggs are winning support because of concerns about animal welfare, but the former specialty egg may be less environmentally sustainable than conventionally raised eggs.
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