Framework for laying hens
Entry level requirements
Laying hens are sentient, feeling pain/suffering as well as joy/pleasure. Schemes should focus on reducing negative and increasing positive welfare towards a good life.
Standards comply with EU Laws & Regulations
Standards ensure lifetime assurance, covering the entire lifetime of that animal (rear, farm, transport and slaughter)
Standards are independently verified by a 3rd party once every calendar year. A robust, transparent certification process is in place with ongoing monitoring, feedback and improvement mechanism.
Where criteria aren’t currently practical, programmes promote continuous improvement in other ways (Research, lobby government, work with industry) to facilitate systemic change towards the outcome.
Reducing negative experiences
Increasing positive experiences
Laying hen good life opportunities
Choice of physical environment
Choice of thermal environment
Choice within the environment whilst minimising harm
Positively enriched environment
Positive experiences of the outdoor environment
Positive experiences with stock-keepers
Positive social experiences within the flock
A healthy life
Dust bathing choices
Effective day-to-day management of health and welfare
Positive genetic selection for long-term health and welfare