Layer Hens

When you see the RSPCA Approved certification 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 have 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 Standard for pullets aim to improve the rearing and handling of birds before they reach the farm. While voluntary for now, the Standard 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

86,771 hens

farmed to the RSPCA Standard in 2020

1.5 million hens

have benefitted from better conditions since 1996

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