03 Sep Week nine – Laying Hens
In the wild a hen would only lay around 20 eggs per year but due to modern day farming a commercial laying hen now produces around 300 eggs per year. The high yield of eggs is due to the growing populations demand for them and it has been reported that over 33 million eggs are being produced each day in the UK alone.
To meet the growing needs of the consumers, billions of hens are being subjected to intense factory farming settings and kept in extremely inhumane conditions.
Housing systems for laying hens are mainly classed into four categories; caged, free range, barn or organic.
In 2016 51% of the eggs sold in Britain came from hens kept in cages and 48% came from free range systems, making them the two most common production systems to date.