Answers to your questions on treatment of our hens.
Q. Where and how are the hens housed?
Eggland's Best farms are located all across the U.S. Our regular Eggland's Best eggs in the white carton are from caged hens. Cages are the most prevalent housing system in the commercial egg industry because cages still offer the best sanitation, ventilation, and freedom from dust and ammonia. Cages offer the most disease-free environment, since the hens do not have access to others' waste and there is no organic matter for bacteria to grow on. There are also fewer problems with hens pecking each other when they are caged in small groups with a rigidly defined social order, rather than the continual mingling and challenging that goes on in a large barn.
Q. Does Eggland’s Best maintain acceptable standards of welfare?
Eggland's Best producers have adopted very stringent welfare regulations for both caged and floor-housed flocks. Space requirement in cages and in houses are adequate for normal function and behavior. All Eggland's Best production facilities are audited annually to ensure that flocks are healthy and have sufficient space, light, ventilation, water, feed and are protected from injury. All Eggland's Best egg producers are part of the United Egg Producers Animal Welfare program, which requires all participants to increase the amount of space allotted to each hen, whether caged or cage-free.
Flocks are always handled and transported humanely.
Q. When is feeding time and how are the hens fed?
The automatic feeders turn on eight times per day, but feed remains in the trough long enough each time that the hens can eat just about whenever they want to.
Q. Do the hens receive veterinary care?
It is absolutely essential that hens be given the best care possible so that they produce the best eggs. The hens' health is monitored by veterinarians for their well-being and to ensure the safety of the eggs for consumers.