FOUL BUSINESS FOR BATTERY HENS
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