8 considerations for cage-free laying hen nutrition

8 considerations for cage-free laying hen nutrition

Egg producers must account for more than just housing when changing production practices

The cage-free layer is subject to less controlled conditions and — particularly in the case of free-range — is exposed to a variety of weather conditions. Energy levels in the diet will therefore be a key consideration to make sure that nutrients are not diverted from egg production. Similarly, any increase in hen feed intake needs to be balanced with protein levels to avoid unwanted increases in egg size.