Egg Industry - April 2018 - 25
EggIndustry ❙ 25
country and area of production will influence a hen's
Nutritional guidelines are available for each
breed, with specifications linked to feed intakes. It
is therefore important to know what the hens are
eating on a particular farm to tailor the diet accordingly.
These can form the basis of the hen's diet; with further
amendments related to specific housing systems, egg
markets or climatic conditions. Specific management
guides for keeping cage-free hens are also produced by
With cage-free production, there is much greater
predict cages won't
go away by 2025:
variability, dependent on many environmental factors.
Producers need to get to know their houses and flocks -
working closely with feed companies to tailor nutritional
specifications. As for all laying hens, production data
should be monitored closely, to change diets at the optimal
time. In this way, cage-free production can be optimized,
egg size controlled and egg quality ensured. ■
Zoe Kay is an independent consultant providing technical services to the animal health and nutrition industry. She
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