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Find out what really happens to the hens before their eggs become your breakfast, covering battery cages, barn laid and free range.

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Layer Hens General Practices Battery Cages Barn Laid Free Range

Barn laid eggs

Hens in barn laid housing systems are not confined in cages so in theory they can move around. However, high stocking densities restrict hens' ability to move freely and exercise, and to form or know their place within the social "pecking order". Being confined indoors restricts hens' ability to perform the normal behaviours that provide quality of life. They are still de-beaked and the male chicks still killed.

Barn laid eggs in Australia
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