Layer hen housing systems


Laying hen housing systems must provide feed, water, light, air quality, space, and sanitation that promote good health and welfare for the hens. Housing systems should provide for expression of important natural behaviors, protect the hens from disease, injury and predation, and promote food safety. Participation in a nationally recognized, third-party-audited welfare program is strongly advised.

Literature review

Welfare implications of laying hen housing

Related resource

Comparison of conventional cage, furnished cage, and non-cage (barn and outdoor/free-range) systems for housing laying hens