Layer Hens

When you see the RSPCA Approved logo on eggs you can be confident that this product has come from a farm with a focus on welfare.

On the farm

Hens on RSPCA Approved farms enjoy nests, perches, litter to dust bathe and enough space to move. Whether raised indoors or with access to the outdoors, there’s a focus on providing for layer hens’ behavioural and physical needs. Battery cages are not allowed under the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme.

Hens have

  • Space to move, stretch and flap their wings
  • Enjoy a secluded nesting place to lay their eggs
  • Have dry litter floor covering to scratch and dust bathe
  • Can perch to rest and keep their bones and muscles strong


RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards are based on animal welfare science, RSPCA policy, leading farming practices in Australia and overseas and take account of the commercial realities associated with farming. Livestock industries and individual producers also provide input. The standards are reviewed every five years and are publicly available.

The RSPCA’s standards for pullets aim to improve the rearing and handling of birds before they reach the farm. While voluntary for now, the standards for pullets represent the RSPCA’s approach to developing standards that cover welfare from birth to slaughter.

The Standard – Layer Hens


Information Notes – Layer Hens


Operations Manual


The Standard – Pullets


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Our impact

1,496,728 hens have benefitted from better conditions since 1996

19 million eggs

produced on RSPCA Approved farms in 2019

174,209 hens

farmed to RSPCA Approved standards in 2019

11 farm assessments

during 2019, with 61 sheds assessed

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