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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.


Tackling cage-free layer housing air quality challenges

Giving laying hens access to a litter area for dustbathing, scratching and foraging helps minimize aggressive behavior, but it can result in dust and ammonia problems.
Recent studies have shown that cage-free housing results in six to nine times higher dust in the house environment than cage systems with manure belts.
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Daybreak Foods gains permit to allow expansion

Egg company plans to expand its facility in Lake Mills, Wisconsin
Daybreak Foods was granted a conditional use permit that will allow the company to expand its egg production operations in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
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Disease challenges of cage-free egg production

Disease and emerging pathogens present cage-free egg producers with challenges that may require changes in operational practices.
A survey of the Association of Veterinarians in Egg Production presented by Dr. Eric Gingerich gave interesting insights into the issues facing producers of cage-free eggs.
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Egg producers predict cages won't go away by 2025

US egg producers responding to the Top Egg Company Survey predict that over half of US hens will still be housed in cages in 2025.
As part of Egg Industry magazine's annual Top Egg Company Survey, egg producers were asked their opinion of how U.S. laying hens will be housed in 2025.
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