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The life of
a caged hen

34 hours of suffering:
The real cost of an egg

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Hens are very social animals who like to forage for food, take dust-baths, perch, and take care of their families. Selectively bred to produce the maximum number of eggs, hens spend up to two years packed in wire cages with six other birds. The cages are so small and crowded that hens cannot even spread their wings or exhibit other natural behaviors.


Hours Hens Suffer for One Egg in the U.S.
Hens Crammed per Cage in the U.S.
250 million
Male Chicks Killed Every Year in the U.S.
380 million
Hens Used for Eggs in the U.S.
Hens In Battery Cages in the U.S.

Beyond the Cruelty

The egg industry is detrimental to both our health and the planet.

Relevant campaigns

Hens used for their eggs suffer immensely. Animal Equality’s investigators are working in tandem with our education and corporate outreach departments to help expose cruelty, educate the public, and obtain corporate commitments to ban cages.


Through investigations and corporate outreach, Animal Equality has secured more than 60 policy commitments from corporations aimed at improving the lives of hens.

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