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  • Eggland's Best farms are located all across the United States. 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 on which bacteria can grow. 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.

    The Eggland's Best Cage-Free and Organic Eggs are from cage-free hens. Cage-free means the hens can roam around in a very large building, but do not have outdoor access like free-range hens. Organic means that the hens live in a cage-free environment and also have outdoor access, as conditions permit. The cage-free environment offers greater freedom for movement and other normal hen behaviors. Eggland's Best Cage-Free and Organic Eggs are rapidly expanding distribution in the marketplace. To protect the birds from each other, a process is done with special equipment, which cauterizes the beak and may be compared to clipping a dog's claws. Beak trimming is sometimes incorrectly referred to as "de-beaking." Beaks are not removed or the birds could not eat. The sharp tips of chicks' beaks are trimmed or "blunted" to lessen injury to each other. Beak trimming is done when chicks are less than a week old. Beak-trimmed chicks will immediately resume pecking, eating, and drinking.

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