Hens Deserve Better
Caged hens spend their lives in the space of an A4 sheet of paper. It’s like you trying to live in the space of a portaloo. And about 70 per cent of eggs consumed by Australians come from caged hens.
When confined to cages, hens are unable to express their most basic of natural instincts, including walking, flying, hiding, stretching, perching, nesting and dust bathing – actions that make a hen, a hen. Physical problems caused by cages include feather loss, foot problems and brittle bones. Hens also have no escape from aggression, feather pecking and cannibalism.
In Australia, the industrialisation of farming has cost layer hens dearly. The increase in demand and the need to produce food as efficiently and cost effectively as possible has resulted in many welfare compromises over the years – including barren battery cages for hens.