Each year in B.C., more than two million hens lay 636 million eggs. That's approximately 275 eggs a year per hen! Ninety-five per cent of these birds live on conventional egg laying farms where they spend their entire lives in small, cramped cages, called battery cages.
But are battery cages necessary for egg production? Egg farmers like them because they allow a large number of hens to be kept in efficient and orderly conditions, allowing for high productivity and keeping the birds away from their feces. This results in low costs to the farmer and low prices for the consumer. But in the end, the welfare of the hens is sacrificed.
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