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#1 Old 06-12-2009, 04:01 AM
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I saw these eggs in Morrissons and I looked them up on t'internet



http://www.farminguk.com/news/Happy-...-eggs11644.asp



a lot of it's farming jargon but even then it seems to be putting quite a lot of emphasis on the wellbeing of the hens, and not disrupting their natural behaviour.
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#2 Old 06-12-2009, 06:33 AM
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What happens to the hens once they are too old to lay eggs?
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#3 Old 06-12-2009, 06:53 AM
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That is of course a very valid question to ask.



What I meant by posting the link was, that I know it's common for manufacturers to use terms like "free range" and "barn" in a very misleading way, when the hens might still be de-beaked or "have access" to the outside via a little hole in the wall which they don't use. It looks like eggs packed as Happy Hen eggs are produced by people who have to guarantee the conditions the hens live under, and some people will be happy to hear about it.



My partner is an omni and eats eggs, and when I go to the supermarket I'll be buying whichever eggs I think are the most humanely produced.
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#4 Old 06-12-2009, 06:54 AM
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I assume the "hens" become "chicken" via a process known as "death"
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#5 Old 06-12-2009, 07:47 AM
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How can it be happy when it's dead?
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My friend eats these and calls herself a vegan *rolls eyes*
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What happens to the male chicks?
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What happens to the male chicks?



I'd assume much the same process described above in post #4.
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They are usually gassed or killed in a blender called a maciator, I think. Horrific.
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#10 Old 06-17-2009, 12:59 AM
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Yeah I think they'll be killed pretty much at birth.



http://www.vegsoc.org/info/laying.html



Like I said, if I have to buy eggs, I want the most humanely produced I can find. I'm not saying that these are produced without any pain or death, but it looks as if while the hens are laying they're treated better than most others.



Just putting this article here information; whether it's right or wrong to eat eggs is a different issue.
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yeah they look as good as you can get without actually keeping your own hens. I suppose for people who feel they couldnt live without eggs, at least these are happy while they are alive.



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The range must have field shelters and swings, as well as sand pits. Swings must also be provided on the litter area inside the house. Noble also specifies a minimum of 10 string ’spiders’ per colony



I like those ideas, although I couldnt see my hens taking any interest in "string spiders". i cant see how big the flock size is though. Hens are happiest in flocks of less than 50, so all organic free range eggs come from hens in flocks of 50 or less, or up to 100 in "some circumstances". To be honest these are basically eggs from hens reared close to organic specifications but not fed organic food which I guess will keep costs down so they are more affordable to people I suppose.
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