Types Of Hen Housing

Egg laying hens are housed a variety of ways in Canada.  Every housing system is designed to provide a clean environment, fresh food and water, and protection from predators.  Additionally, every indoor housing system provides consistent temperature, humidity and lighting.  Canadian egg farmers are continuously seeking to improve the care and well-being of their hens.

Every one of Alberta’s more than 170 registered egg farmers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of animal care for their hens.  Each hen housing system has its own unique set of benefits and challenges.  Regardless of the housing system utilized, it is ultimately the farmer’s experience and expertise that enables the associated benefits to be realized and the challenges to be overcome.  The farmer, not the housing system, is responsible for achieving Canada’s world-class standards for animal care, food quality and safety.

Egg Farmers of Alberta’s Board of Directors adopted a provincial hen housing policy in August 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 EFA’s policy and have already embraced the shift to alternative hen housing systems.  Since 2006, a growing number of Alberta’s egg farmers that have either built new barns or renovated existing barns, have chosen to install an alternative housing system.