The treatment of laying hens is gaining public attention. Laws are being proposed in state legislatures to improve their living conditions by law, CHICKENS NEED ROOM TO STRETCH Hartford Courant, Michael Markarian, March 7, 2007 http://ent.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=URLTracker&cmd=track&j=129436498&u=1242182. The consciences of the people running the companies that sell the eggs are apparently inadequate to guide them.
The best solution is to keep your own hens for your own fresh eggs. Few things are more satisfying than bringing in eggs and cooking them up for breakfast. A friend remarked last week that while one standard egg seems too little and two too much, two of her little bantam eggs are Just Right.
Fresh local eggs are available everywhere. If you can't find them, contact me and I'll locate a source in your area. This tray of Welsummer eggs was awarded a prize in a United Kingdom show and comes from www.rupert-fish.co.uk.