Farmer Workshop Report
A report on the two 2-day farmer workshops held by Healthier Hens in Kenya
Improving hen welfare worldwide
There are over 7 billion farmed egg-laying hens alive at any given time. These animals are being selectively bred for maximized egg production, with each egg laid requiring a significant amount of dietary input - particularly calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. The depletion of these dietary minerals and vitamins leads to adverse health and poor welfare for the hens. Our background research indicates that many egg-laying hen feed standards are inadequate resulting in a major source of suffering for the hens via pain from bone fractures and osteoporosis. To solve this issue, the goal of our intervention is to reduce farmed hen suffering by supplementing their feed with calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D.
Each egg laid by a hen requires a huge amount of their biological input, with vitamins such as calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus playing a huge role. With hens now laying 10x the amount of eggs they are naturally designed to do, deficiency of these vitamins are prevalent amongst egg-laying hens. Hen feed fortification aims to solve this issue by adding a premix of optimal levels of nutrients that can be easily integrated into their regular feed. This will mitigate the adverse impact of depleted nutrients and improve their overall health and welfare.
We believe animals are sentient beings that deserve happiness and comfort, just as humans do. By providing fortified feed, hens’ health will improve by having stronger and healthier bones. Without proper feed, hens will continue to live in constant pain and suffering.
Identify farms with suboptimal feed standards and collaborate with mills to aim for high impact
Increase nutrient levels to optimal and improve hen welfare effectively.
Monitor and evaluate outcomes to ensure that optimal feed leads to target well-being
Based on our initial estimates, we can achieve a great amount of impact cost-effectively by feed fortification. We rely on your support to bring this change about. You may choose to donate your time or your money to us.