Cage Management for Layers
This chapter is devoted to those procedures necessary to maintain layers in cages. The use of cages for commercial egg production has become increasingly popular to the point that today, it is estimated that over 75% of the world’s commercial table-egg-producing flock are kept in cages (Bell, 1995). In the United States, over 95% of the layers are in cages (Bell, 1993). The remainder includes flocks managed on combinations of litter and slatted or wire floors and the production of free-range eggs.
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