Each year around 12 billion eggs are consumed in the UK. These eggs are produced by specifically bred laying hens that produce up to 250 eggs per year.

Living Conditions

A majority of hens are free range or caged

UK Government

Slaughter Age

All laying hens are slaughtered at around 72 weeks old

The Guardian

Free range laying hen
Enriched cage laying hen
Male laying hens

Free range laying hen

72 weeks

Enriched cage laying hen

72 weeks

Male laying hens

1 hour

Birth

Natural life expectancy

Slaughter Method

Almost all spent laying hens are gassed to death

UK Government

Legality in United Kingdom

Prevalence in British farming

Male Chick Culling

Legality in United Kingdom

Legal

UK Government

Prevalence in British farming

At least 95%

Unnatural Egg Output

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Shed Packing Density

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Beak mutilations

Legality in United Kingdom

Legal

UK Government

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Bone Fractures

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Feather Loss

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Unsuitable flock size

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Enriched Cages

Legality in United Kingdom

Legal

UK Government

Prevalence in British farming

36% of hens

UK Government

Limited Outdoor Access

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Early Deaths

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Foot Rot

Legality in United Kingdom

Unknown

Prevalence in British farming

Unknown

Non-stun slaughter

Legality in United Kingdom

Legal

UK Government

Prevalence in British farming

1% of hens

UK Government

Other Industries

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