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What are barn-laid eggs?
Barn-laid eggs are a good alternative to cage eggs and a well-managed barn that provides enrichment for the hen can be just as welfare friendly for a hen as a proper free-range facility. From an animal welfare perspective it’s a myth that barn is second best. It’s all about who is operating the system and to what standards they adhere.
RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards require that the hens in a barn-laid egg production system are provided with nest boxes for laying their eggs, perches for roosting, objects to peck at, and litter for scratching, foraging and dust-bathing.
Many eggs are now being marketed as 'cage free'. Essentially, cage-free eggs are barn-laid eggs. Hens are not kept in cages but instead are free to roam in large sheds. All barns have nest boxes but not all barns have perches or litter (some barns have slats or wire-mesh flooring).
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