FOUL BUSI­NESS FOR BAT­TERY HENS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I DON’T agree with caged egg farms and I have some per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to back up my ar­gu­ment. Many years ago, I worked at a egg farm and it was dis­tress­ing. I had a young fam­ily and I needed a job but I quit af­ter a cou­ple of weeks. The hens were kept in tiny cages, un­der lights 24 hours a day. Nearly ev­ery morn­ing there were dead chick­ens in the pens. The hens where dis­posed of af­ter about 12 months of “hard labour”. We res­cued a dozen of the “old” hens, which were less then two years old. At first, we had to put them up on their perch ev­ery evening. In the af­ter­noons, we opened the door of the chicken run so they could for­age on the back lawn. The bat­tery hens would not come out for weeks. I know caged farms are a cost­ef­fec­tive way to produce eggs, but I think free range is a much bet­ter al­ter­na­tive.

Rick Lee - re­gional edi­tor

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