Animal Care

Every one of Alberta’s more than 170 registered egg farmers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of animal care for their hens.  Egg farmers check their flocks daily and closely monitor feed and water consumption.  All egg laying hens have access to nutritious feed, fresh water and fresh air.

To ensure hens are treated humanely, the Canadian egg industry follows practices outlined in the national Animal Care Program that is based on the Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pullets, Layers and Spent Fowl (2003), which was developed in consultation with veterinarians, animal scientists and representatives of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.  The Code of Practice is currently being reviewed and updated by the National Farm Animal Care Council.

For more information about NFACC and their code review process, please visit their website: http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/poultry-layers

In the meantime, in the spirit of continuous improvement, the Canadian egg industry is proactively making numerous improvements to the Animal Care Program, further enhancing the quality of care provided to egg laying hens.

Animal Care Program

The Canadian egg industry’s Animal Care Program ensures that hens have a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment.  The ACP provides guidelines for space, water, feed, lighting, air circulation, hen handling and more.  On-farm compliance is monitored via annual inspections by a trained team of field inspectors.  The entire Canadian egg industry works together to continuously improve on-farm practices.

The Animal Care Program is mandatory for Alberta egg farmers, as a requirement for being licensed to produce eggs.  Measures are taken immediately to address any departures from accepted industry practices, as outlined in the Animal Care Program.