Summary of Farming Methods

There are four methods of farming eggs commercially in New Zealand. Listed in alphabetical order these farming methods are: Barn, Cage, Colony and Free-Range.

The table below is a summary of these four farming methods. Click the “more info” buttons for videos and further details about each method.

Barn Eggs Cage Eggs Colony Eggs Free-Range Eggs
Continuous Food & Water
Inside Area per hen 1428cm2 550cm2 750cm2 1111cm2
Outside Area per hen 4m2
Perches, Nestboxes & Scratching areas
Consistent Quality Egg
Lowest Cost
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