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If you care about animal welfare, chances are the poached egg on your Sunday morning muffin is free range; and medium sized, too. Whilst the welfare benefits of allowing laying hens the freedom to roam in the fresh air and the importance of egg size to their well-being are common knowledge, other health hazards for these animals are not yet adequately addressed.
For instance, the University of Bristol Animal Welfare Group is researching the causes of broken bones in laying hens, with a concerning 50 to 80 per cent of hens estimated to be affected – even in free range conditions. A serious fracture of the breast bone will be painful and will seriously affect the ability of the hen to move freely between food, water, nesting and perching facilities. Please help us to investigate the reasons for this increasing problem and highlight possible solutions.