Cage-free hens

Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages. Most cage-free hens live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside. Free-range and Organic standards are not much better. They have to have the “ability” to go outside. Which often means the same housing, but somewhere there will be a dog door and outdoor kennel where a few birds may actually go.

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The conditions for commercially raised meat birds and turkeys are not much better.  The above photo qualifies for Cage-free, perhaps Free-range as well as Organic.

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