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A recent PhD study has investigated animal welfare in organic egg production and found an association between hen mortality and the level of parasite infection
Progress on the OIE’s Global Hen Housing outcome-based standards is taking place but may not come into force until 2019/2020.
The amount of saleable egg produced per hen becomes even more important as cycle lengths increase along with a move toward cage free.
Dr Lay also mentions that the environmental complexity can create opportunities for the hens to express behaviours that may be detrimental to their welfare
A Dutch egg producer with 25 years of cage-free experience has successfully transitioned to cage-free egg production from hens with intact beaks.
Different strains of commercial laying hens use given resources within an aviary system differently, which can influence bird health and bird behavior.
Over the last two decades old bird diseases, such as Coryza, Blackhead and Pasteurelle multocida increasingly reared their ugly heads among free-range hens
Egg laying chickens have their own routine and daily schedule that they rigidly stick to, differentiating them from others in the flock.
Progressive advances in nutrition and computer technology have developed feeding programs over the last 60 years
Egg producers must account for more than just housing when changing production practices