The Commercial Egg Industry Should Consider Controlled Atmosphere Stunning for Spent Hens  

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Date: 
2007
Volume: 
47
Number: 
13

 

Unlike the broiler industry, where individual companies maintain ownership of flocks through farm production and processing, commercial egg flocks sent for slaughter are sold to a fowl processing company. The processing company catches and transports the hens from the farm. Egg companies typically do not see themselves as being responsible for a hen’s welfare once ownership of the bird is transferred, and what happens to spent hens after that tends to fall under the radar.