Large eggs harm hens
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.