Hens are smart, inquisitive and social animals. They have good memories and the ability to make complex decisions. For a hen to have a good life, they need the freedom to move and make choices about when and where to nest, stretch, flap their wings, perch and dust bathe which they can’t do in a battery cage.
There are heaps of ways you can help get hens out of battery cages, scroll down to learn more because
every little bit helps.
Add your name to support an end to hens in battery cages
Buy cage-free eggs in the supermarket
Find eating spots where cage-free eggs are on the menu
Find companies that have made commitments to become cage free.
LAYER HEN HOUSING TABLE
Comparative table that shows the differences in cage, cage-free, free-range and RSPCA Approved egg farms. As well as further information on farming practices in the egg industry.
What the science tells us
A scientific report prepared by the RSPCA examined the welfare of hens in different housing systems and concluded that the problems affecting hens in cage systems are caused by the cages themselves. This means that to improve the welfare of hens, we need to get them out of cages altogether.
READ THE REPORT
Read the report 'The Welfare of Layer Hens in Cage and Cage-Free Housing Systems' or read the executive summary for all the key findings.
THE UGLY TRUTH
Right now there are more than 11 million hens confined to battery cages in Australia. Read about the current situation for hens.