Michigan has required that all laying hens be cage-free by 2020. With half of their flock already living in cage-free quarters, Herbruck is hoping to move that deadline back to 2025. Most of their customers, including Costco, Meijer Inc. and Kroger, have set a cage-free goal of 2025.
erbruck says the egg industry is not fighting the new guidelines mainly because their customers are demanding it, and are willing to pay the extra money it costs to produce a cage-free egg.
The extra cost – between 2 cents to 3 cents per egg – comes from increased housing costs, the increased labor required to care for cage-free hens and the additional feed that's consumed by active chickens, says Herbruck.
For the full article, see Jim Harger, "What 'cage free' means for Michigan's largest egg producer", MLive, August 12, 2016.