Poultry Production

By: Kodi Gensley

Cage free vs. Caged chickens

Cage free means that they can rome around vs being caged up and not going anywhere.


According to 2006 data collected by the USDA, conventional eggs cost, on average, $1.36 per dozen. Organic eggs, on the other hand, cost an average of $3.99 per dozen that year.

Bird Effects

Egg-laying hens confined to cages do not have space to move, stretch or engage in natural behaviors, which causes them to engage in repetitive or destructive behaviors, such as feather-pulling or pecking at their neighbors. Caged hens show more fearful behavior and become prone to skeletal problems because of captivity. Because free-range hens are allowed outdoor access, more space to move around and more opportunities to engage in natural behaviors, free-range eggs are generally regarded as a more humane alternative to conventionally produced eggs. However, regulations on the use of the term "free-range" do not specify the amount of time outdoors or space the hen must have, nor do they indicate that the hen must have access to a pasture diet.


Caged birds would be safer because they are inside all the time. Instead of rooming outside with all the predators.

Quality of Meat

Range free chicken is usually better and the eggs are taste better.