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Barn laid eggs

Last updated 14 October 2017

Hens in barn laid housing systems are not confined in cages so in theory they can move around. However, high stocking densities restrict hens' ability to move freely and exercise, and to form or know their place within the social "pecking order". Being confined indoors restricts hens' ability to perform the normal behaviours that provide quality of life. They are still de-beaked and the male chicks are still killed.

Barn laid eggs in Australia
Photo: Animal Liberation Victoria

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