Freetown egg farm building EU-humane barn for hens
Burns Poultry Farm is one of the first in Canada to meet European Union production standards
An egg farm in Freetown is one of the first in Canada to build a barn meeting European Union standards of production.
"If you don't have happy animals, they don't do very well. It's key. They need to be healthy, they need to be happy. We're providing the amenities that allow them to display their natural behaviour," said Nathan Burns, a seventh-generation egg farmer.
Although the hens will still be in cages, they will have a perch to stand on as well as a private nesting area for laying eggs.
The hens will be moved to their new home in mid-July.
In 2012, the European Union banned battery cages, the current industry standard in North America for laying hens, because of their small size and barrenness.
About 100 days after hatching, when they are still pullets and have yet to start laying eggs, the hens are placed into the the crowded wired cages, usually arranged in very long rows often stacked one on top of the other.