From Farm to Table

The Laying Barn

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Much goes into preparing for a new flock of hens! It’s a busy time for the egg farmer and their staff. The barn is thoroughly cleaned and all the equipment is inspected. The farmers also check their laying barns daily to make sure their hens are healthy and comfortable.

Did you know Canadian eggs are produced according to some of the highest quality standards in the world? Our farmers take part in a comprehensive, national Animal Care Program, and on-farm food safety program called Start Clean-Stay Clean™! These programs set out important protocols and standards which are verified by trained field inspectors.

Canadian egg farmers use a variety of different systems to house their hens. Conventional housing provides hens with small group settings that enable all birds to have equal access to fresh food and water. Furnished or enriched housing is equipped with perches and a curtained off area to give hens privacy when laying their eggs. Free run housing provides hens’ access to the entire barn floor area where hens can perch, scratch, forage and lay their eggs in nesting areas. Free range housing provides hens with access to the outdoors, as weather permits. Each system provides a clean environment, access to fresh food and water, and protection from natural predators.

Since the Canadian climate is so variable, most hens are housed in temperature controlled barns. This allows farmers to keep a consistent temperature in the barn, and protects the hens from inclement weather like rain, snow, heat and humidity.

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