The story of almost every egg-laying
hen in India starts and ends
in battery cages.
Battery cages are bare wire cages lined next to each other in multiple rows and stacked 3 or 5 tiers high, and most facilities house a minimum of 50,000 birds. They are trait selected to produce eggs at a rapid rate. The conditions are so intensive that minimum of 6 birds are stuffed into one cage, such that no two birds can sit or stand simultaneously. These birds spend their entire lives in a space that is less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper, above their solid waste that is not collected for periods extending to up to 18 months. This waste is cleared only when these birds are sent for slaughter at the age of 12-18 months process called ' de-population'.
Hens are extremely social birds that love to flap their wings, scratch the ground, forage, dust-bathe, mingle and explore. However, inside the confines of their wire-cage, they are starved for space to even spread their wings or feel the mud beneath their feet. These harsh living conditions also make these birds prone to various injuries and diseases.
Unlike in battery cages, hens in cage-free facilities are allowed to perform their natural behaviours and still produce the same amount of eggs. Phasing out battery cages will improve the living conditions of 46 crore hens across the nation. You can help change the story of these hens with just a click.