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Hens are smart, inquisitive and social animals. They have good memories and the ability to make complex decisions. For a hen to have a good life, they need the freedom to move and make choices about when and where to nest, stretch, flap their wings, perch and dust bathe which they can’t do in a battery cage.

There are heaps of ways you can help get hens out of battery cages, scroll down to learn more because
every little bit helps.


Add your name to support an end to hens in battery cages


Buy cage-free eggs in the supermarket


Find eating spots where cage-free eggs are on the menu


Find companies that have made commitments to become cage free.


Comparative table that shows the differences in cage, cage-free, free-range and RSPCA Approved egg farms. As well as further information on farming practices in the egg industry.

What the science tells us

A scientific report prepared by the RSPCA examined the welfare of hens in different housing systems and concluded that the problems affecting hens in cage systems are caused by the cages themselves. This means that to improve the welfare of hens, we need to get them out of cages altogether.


Read the report 'The Welfare of Layer Hens in Cage and Cage-Free Housing Systems' or read the executive summary for all the key findings.


Right now there are more than 11 million hens confined to battery cages in Australia. Read about the current situation for hens.

Confused about free-range egg labelling?

In 2016 an information standard, made under the Australian Consumer Law, defined free-range eggs as coming from hens with ‘meaningful and regular access’ to the outdoors and stocked at a rate up to 10,000 hens per hectare. While this means that there is now an enforceable, national requirement for free-range egg labelling, the RSPCA is calling for the standard to be clearer about what ‘meaningful and regular access’ means for hens.

The RSPCA believes free range hens should be stocked at a maximum rate of 1,500 hens per hectare or up to 2,500 if a regular rotation system is in place.


What you can do

Look for RSPCA Approved eggs – you can be confident RSPCA Approved products have come from farms with good animal welfare.