Optimising Layer Hen Welfare in Cage-Free Systems
While the transition away from caged to cage-free systems is a positive step for the welfare of laying hens,
the design and management of cage-free housing have an important impact on animal welfare and need to
be taken into account when managing the transition. The main aim of this document is to highlight aspects
of cage-free egg production that require special attention to protect animal welfare, and gives some recommendations that can be useful for policy makers and industry stakeholders for maximising the welfare of laying hens in cage-free systems.