These questions were received from prospective new entrants:
- Where do most egg farmers get their pullets?
Many Alberta egg farmers raise their own pullets from day-old chicks to 19 weeks of age, when they officially become laying hens. For those farmers who are not equipped to raise their own, there are a number of commercial pullet growers able to raise pullet flocks for you. A list of commercial pullet growers is available through Egg Farmers of Alberta.
- How do most egg farmers dispose of end-of-lay hens?
Each farmer has a variety of options to choose from, for managing end-of-lay hens. Many farmers sell their end-of-lay hens for meat, which requires the birds to be inspected. Other farmers compost their birds. All hens must be euthanized humanely, using an AVMA approved method.