Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Study Finds Hens Safer in Cages than in Cage-Free Systems

Hens are better off in cages.

A new study may change the way many view the debate between housing chickens in cages vs. cage-free systems. According to the results published on Wednesday by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply, the mortality rates for hens are higher in cage-free systems. This means that the number of deaths is considerably higher, chiefly due to hens pecking each other or cannibalizing each other, as well as increased risk of disease and attacks from predators. Additionally, the study found that air quality was significantly lower in cage-free systems, as the hens would stir up dust containing manure, which would elevate the ammonia levels.

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