Egg Industry - February 2020 - 18

18 ❙ EggIndustry

2020 survey: US egg producer
predictions for how hens will
be housed in 2025
Conventional cage

Enriched cage

55

%

US egg producers predict how
hens on their own farms
will be housed in 2030
Cage free

44%

1%

Cages

35%

Free range

Cage free

58

%

7%

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Despite new legislation in some states calling for
cage-free housing, U.S. egg producers' prediction
for the size of the cage-free layer flock in 2025 is
less than it was in 2016 and 2017.

U.S. egg producers who responded to the survey
predict that, in 2030, more than one-third of their
hens will still be housed in cages.

New construction for layer
housing in 2019 and 2020

Conversion of cage housing
to cage free in 2019 and 2020

In 2019, we ...

In 2019, we ...

built new cage housing for

2.41 million hens

converted cage housing for

1.15 million hens

built cage-free housing for

5.45 million hens

to cage-free housing for

1.35 million hens

In 2020, we plan to ...
add new cage-free housing for

7.40 million hens

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Construction of new cage-free housing is
accelerating.

In 2020, we plan to ...
convert cage housing for

4.64 million hens

to cage-free housing for

4.90 million hens

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The rate of conversion of cage housing to cage-free
housing is expected to increase in 2020.

New construction and cage-free conversions
Top Egg Company survey respondents report building
new housing for 5.45 million cage-free hens in
2019. They also reported plans for building space
for 7.4 million cage-free hens in 2020. Some survey
respondents report that they added buildings for 2.41
million cage-housed hens in 2019. It is probable that the
additional cage-housed hens are in convertible or combi

systems that can be opened up at a later date and used
as aviary systems.
In 2019, survey respondents report converting housing
for 1.15 million cage-housed hens to cage-free housing
for 1.35 million hens. Survey respondents report plans for
converting housing for 4.64 million cage-housed hens to
housing for 4.9 million cage-free hens in 2020. ■
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Egg Industry - February 2020

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Egg Industry - February 2020
Ranking the largest US egg-producing companies in 2020
Additional cage-free hens increase total US hen flock
Top 20 US egg producers in 2020
Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2020: Poultry’s future
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