Laying hens - how can you help?
Choose higher welfare
Please choose eggs labelled RSPCA Assured (previously Freedom Food). RSPCA Assured eggs are produced by cage-free hens reared on farms inspected to strict RSPCA welfare standards. If you can't find the RSPCA Assured label, make sure the eggs you buy are labelled barn, free-range or organic.
Your guide to choosing cage-free eggs (2.65MB PDF)
The cost of choosing eggs from higher welfare systems compared to battery cages can be a matter of a few pennies – a small price to pay for a major welfare improvement!
Egg box labels
The law in Europe requires all eggs and their boxes to be labelled either free-range, barn, organic or cage. However, these terms (particularly 'eggs from caged hens') can sometimes be in small print on the back of the box. So don’t get caught out by eggs boldly labelled 'Farm Fresh' or 'Healthy Living' - these have probably been laid by caged hens unless it specifically says otherwise.
Eggs as ingredients
Eggs are used as ingredients in many different types of food, including ice cream, mayonnaise, cakes, quiches and sandwiches, which don’t legally have to be labelled with how the hens that laid them were kept. However, foods made with cage-free eggs will often be clearly advertised with the information on the packaging or in the ingredients list. If you are not sure then ask the retailer or manufacturer.
Watch our animation to find out how you can help improve the welfare of farm animals by choosing products labelled, RSPCA Assured.