Life of hens in a tight cage

One hen is entitled to an area the size of an A4 sheet.

Cage farming fails to provide a conducive environment for the well-being of hens. There is an absence of sunshine, fresh air, and opportunities for activities such as burrowing or sand baths. The hens are unable to stretch their wings or escape from aggressive companions.

Cage confinement imposes restrictions on their freedom and exposes them to issues like cannibalism, oppression, aggression, and frustration. Notably, feather pecking by other hens in the cages is a common concern.

Moreover, caged laying hens are susceptible to osteoporosis due to inadequate exercise and the strain of excessive egg production, presenting a serious health problem.

Wire floors in cages can lead to leg injuries or claw fractures in hens. In addition, hens become trapped between wire shelves or metal cage walls, which can lead to starvation and dehydration, or they can be pecked at by other hens.

The egg industry maximizes the utilization of laying hens, pushing them to their physical and mental limits. Farm owners often view their hens as mere egg-producing machines. These farms consist of multi-roomed halls, predominantly mechanized with minimal human involvement. The primary responsibilities include capturing escaped hens from their cages and removing deceased ones.