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Large eggs harm hens

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LARGE eggs are causing hens serious issues. A study by researcher­s in Europe found the majority of laying hens suffer keel bone (in birds this is an extension of the sternum) fractures. This is mainly the result of disproport­ionately large eggs that can sadly push the hen’s body to breaking point.

Academics described the findings as a global issue for animal welfare. In the largest study of its kind, researcher­s found 85 per cent of Danish laying hens suffered keel bone fractures. Some hens can lay up to 320 eggs a year, close to one a day.

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