G.A.P. Species: Egg-Laying Hens

Egg production systems vary significantly depending on where they are located. For example, our Base Certification and Enriched Environment certification levels are primarily indoor systems, whereas the laying hens in the higher tiers are raised outdoors. That’s why our program supports continuous improvement, and is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model. As with all of the animals in the G.A.P. program, our third-party certifiers audit every farm, every 15 months to ensure our standards are being met.

Access a detailed version of our comprehensive standards in the documents below or reference this quick, at-a-glance overview of the key standards being met at each certification level to understand which level could be achievable for your farm or ranch.

All levels of certification: Cage free system with aerial perches required | No animal by-products | Every farm 3rd party audited every 15 months

Standards in green indicate a new or changed requirement from the previous certification level.

G.A.P. Laying Hen Partners

Fair Farm

Farms & Ranches: Laying Hens, Step 5+