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The future of egg production

From the first of January of this year, 2012, traditional cages have officially been banned in the EU. To a large extent these have been replaced by alternative systems. Despite the advantages, some systems also have disadvantages. Most likely the development of new and better systems will continue. By Arnold Elson, Nottingham, UK* 2012 will see the most dramatic changes …

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Empathetic nature of domestic hens

UK study examines empathetic nature of domestic hens A study by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences is the first to demonstrate that birds possess one of the important attributes that underpins empathy, and is the first study to use both behavioural and physiological methods to measure these traits in birds. Using a well-controlled experimental procedure and making …

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Battery cage for laying hens

Do you care about where your eggs come from? An estimated 95% of egg-laying hens are intensively confined in battery cages. As of December 2008, about 300 million birds are confined in battery cages, almost one for every U.S. citizen. Each cage confines 5 or 6 birds on average, but sometimes up to 10 birds. Voluntary industry guidelines specify a …