Five generations of experience caring for laying hens

This article was posted by Morgan Baker on March 10th, 2016

Egg consumers who automatically and incorrectly assume free run or free range hens are better-off should check out the well-informed blog post from Ian McKillop a fifth-generation Ontario egg farmer at the link below.


The McKillop family has seen tremendous progress with modern hen housing systems developed to improve hen health and welfare. These changes have tremendous advantages by keeping hens out of contact with manure and provide “a safer way of housing our hens with fewer deaths, improved the quality of food safety of the eggs, while keeping costs down,” Ian says.


Check out the latest research on hen housing. CSES- Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (


Check out Ian’s full post on The Real Dirt on Farming Blog. (