Plans are well underway for launching a new National pricing system in September of 2019. Once implemented, farmers with enriched systems will receive their cost of production, and consumers will help pay for the transition away from conventional housing. When it comes into effect, a blended “market producer price” will be paid to both farmers with conventional and enriched production. Funds will then be transferred so farmers receive their conventional producer price and enriched producer price.

Across Canada, a standardized set of requirements have been established for farmers to qualify for enriched pricing. To qualify as having enriched production, your housing system must meet the final enriched colony standards as outlined in the Interim Housing Standards and subsequently redeveloped Animal Care Program.

These standards are the same as those in the code. For facilities installed after the code’s release in 2017, facilities should already be meeting these requirements. For facilities installed before the 2017 code release, the transition timeline was January 1, 2022. Please be advised, that farmers wishing to qualify for enriched pricing, must meet the following requirements before payment will be received.

 

AttributeFinal Enriched Colony Standards
Space Allowance
  • Each hen must be provided with a minimum of 116.25in2 of total space, including nests, of which 93.0in2 does not include nest boxes
  • Minimum height of 17.7in between floor and ceiling of each colony unit
Nesting
  • Each hen must be provided with a minimum of 10in2 of nest space area
  • Nest space must be enclosed on at least 3 sides
  • Where curtains are used, they must extend close to the floor (without impeding flow of eggs)
  • Nest area cannot contain drinkers, feeders or perches
  • Space between nest area and useable feed trough must be at least 6 in
  • The floor of the nest area must be covered with a surface that promotes nesting and prevents injury
Perching
  • Each hen must be provided with a minimum of 5.9in of useable, elevated perch space
  • Perches must be positioned to minimize fecal fouling of birds, feeders or drinkers below
  • Perches must be constructed of materials that are easily cleaned and do not harbor mites
  • Perches must be designed to minimize injury to hens that are mounting or dismounting, and nearby hens
  • Perches must not extend into nests
  • Perches must be at least 0.75in in width/diameter
Foraging and dust-bathing
  • Each hen must be provided with a minimum of 4.8in2 of a flooring surface for foraging
  • The flooring surface (scratch pad) must be a solid surface that is securely attached to the colony during the flock cycle. The material used could be in accordance with a manufacturer company’s recommendations, and must be safe, industry accepted material.
Feeders and Waterers
  • Accessible feed space must be provided at a minimum rate of 2.8 inches per bird
  • All birds must have access to:
    • A minimum of one waterer for every 12 birds
    • At least 2 water sources

We look forward to working with our farmers to launch this new pricing program that supports farmers with enriched systems receiving their cost of production.