Tuesday, 8 May 2012

What 20,000 hens a hectare looks like

HOW many hens a hectare is an acceptable amount to be classified as free range? Two videos have appeared on YouTube recently offering 360 degree views of a paddock stocked at a ratio of 20,000 hens a hectare.
The videos, which also appear on the Australian Egg Corporation website, pan around to capture footage of a half-hectare paddock and shed where 10,000 hens are kept.

Th e videos come as the industry debates acceptable limits on the amount of hens a hectare acceptable to be classed as free range.
Calls have been made for density ratios as low as 750 hens a hectare.

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