At EFA’s Regional Meetings in January 2017, some questions were raised about hen housing in Europe. Some farmers had heard that certain European countries were moving back to conventional cage production. The production of eggs by hens in conventional cages has been banned in Europe since 2012.
As of late 2015, all European Union (EU) member countries had made a complete transition away from conventional housing. Although there are a few European countries outside the EU that still have conventional systems, there is no readily available reference to any sort of backward trend.
It is clear that there has been no change to the decision by EU members to move away from conventional hen housing. EFA will continue to monitor hen housing trends in Europe.