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2017 Code of Practice Released

April 21, 2017

The final 2017 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pullets and Laying Hens was released on March 27, 2017, following a review that was initiated in 2012.  The updated Code of Practice is of the utmost importance to the egg industry, as it provides a solid foundationMore

Loose Housing Ramps Tip

April 21, 2017

In multi-tier free-run systems, ramps are needed to provide the birds with access from one level to the next.  Dr. Harlander, from the University of Guelph, has been researching optimal ramp design and has found that ramps with a 40 degree incline or less were easily negotiated by chicks, pulletsMore

European Egg Production

February 8, 2017

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 lateMore

Flock Vaccination Tip

February 8, 2017

If an EFA Field Coordinator contacts an egg farmer to schedule a visit while the farmer is planning to administer a live vaccine to one of their flocks, the farmer should advise them immediately.  Field Coordinators visit flocks from youngest to oldest, as this is the best practice for biosecurityMore