Egg-regious: We’re urged to buy white to save hens from pain


Egg-regious: We’re urged to buy white to save hens from pain

Horrendous beak trimming could stop if people just changed their eating habits, say farmers and welfare groups

Helena Horton

For decades, we have preferred to buy brown eggs for their rustic “organic” appearance, believing they are more healthy. But some farmers would like to see fewer of the brown variety in shoppers’ trolleys, to be replaced by white eggs, which they say are laid by more docile hens.

Organic farmers say because some of the breeds of hens that lay brown eggs are more aggressive, it means they have to have their beaks trimmed in a painful procedure. Infra-red beams are used to trim their beaks when they are chicks so they do not peck each other to death when they are adults.

Tim Bradley, a farmer from Bourne, Lincolnshire, who has a flock of 8,000 white-feathered birds, told The Mail on Sunday: “I would love to sell my white eggs to supermarkets but there is no demand at the moment so my eggs are sold to processors...

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