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March 10, 2021

How well do egg farmers treat their hens?

Egg farmers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care possible for their hens.  Egg farmers spend time with their birds each and every day to ensure that the hens are happy and healthy, and closely monitor feed and […]

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March 10, 2021

What animal care rules and/or regulations do egg farmers have to follow?

Alberta egg farmers must adhere to the national Animal Care Program, which is based on the Recommended Code of Practice, as a requirement for being licensed to produce eggs. The Animal Care Program ensures that hens have a safe, healthy […]

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March 10, 2021

Why are hens kept in cages?

Egg laying hens are housed a variety of ways in Canada and every housing system is designed to provide a clean environment, fresh food and water, and protection from predators.  Additionally, indoor housing systems provide consistent temperature, humidity and lighting. […]

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March 10, 2021

Will Alberta egg farmers continue using conventional/battery cages indefinitely?

EFA’s Board of Directors adopted a provincial hen housing policy in 2013, which states that “no new conventional or enrichable cage systems will be allowed to be installed in Alberta after December 31, 2014.” Alberta’s egg farmers are supportive of […]

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March 10, 2021

What is furnished/enriched housing?

Furnished – or enriched – housing provides more space (both floor space and height) than conventional housing, along with a variety of enrichments that allow the hens to express more natural behaviours.  Enrichments within furnished housing systems include nest boxes, […]

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March 10, 2021

What does free-run mean?

Free-run housing allows the hens to roam freely within and enclosed barn, while also providing enrichments such as nest boxes and perches, in either a barn or aviary system.

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March 10, 2021

What does free-range mean?

Free-range housing is a free-run housing system that also provides hens with access to outdoor runs, when weather permits.

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March 10, 2021

What is in the feed given to hens?

Laying hens are fed a nutritious, well-balanced diet that is vital for maintaining hen health, which also contributes to the production of high quality eggs. Egg farmers work with nutrition specialists to ensure that their hens receive a diet consisting […]

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March 10, 2021

Are hens fed hormones and/or steroids?

Hormones and steroids are illegal in Canada, and are not used in the Canadian egg industry.

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