Happy Hens: First Indian producer to label its eggs “free range”

Manjunath Marappan of Happy Hens, who has a cage free poultry farm just outside Bangalore, practices humane poultry farming, and has been awarded for his free-range practices.


[Awards] Manjunath Marappan of Happy Hens, who has a cage free poultry farm just outside Bangalore, practices humane poultry farming, and has been awarded for his free-range practices.

Hens have ample space to live life with dignity at Happy Hens. Pic courtesy: Manjunath Marappan

Hens have ample space to live life with dignity at Happy Hens. Pic courtesy: Manjunath Marappan

Happy Hens Farm, located at a two-hour drive from Bangalore, became the first Indian producer to label its eggs as “free-range,” as an indication of their hens’ high welfare and space allowances.

Majority of egg-laying hens in India spend their lives crowded into cages so small that the birds lack sufficient space to walk or even stretch their wings. Happy Hens Farm labels their eggs as free-range because the hens on their farm can move about freely within a large yard or take cover in a spacious indoor enclosure, and can engage in natural behaviour such as foraging outdoors, perching, and nesting.

The Alternative wrote about the torture that hens in factories undergo, and about alternate poultry farming practices that could help us make a difference to animal welfare last year in an article titled “Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan, ande with fundae?”. The article was published in our quarterly on Alternative Food choices. We are very happy to note that Manjunath Marappan, one of the farmers profiled in the piece, is the owner of Happy Hens Farm!

“At Happy Hens Farm, we believe that we have the responsibility to provide these animals every opportunity to express natural behaviour,” said Manjunath Marappan, the farm’s co-founder. “We welcome all our customers to visit our farms.”

Happy Hens Farm’s decision to implement higher animal welfare standards comes on the heels of a growing movement against battery cage egg production and farm animal cruelty within the country. Hotels including Crowne Plaza Today-Gurgaon, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai and Hotel Ramada Plaza New Delhi, as well as specialty restaurant Hao Shi Nian Nian and celebrity chef Mako Ravindran have ended their procurement of eggs from caged hens.

Humane Society International has been supporting Happy Hen Farms. “Humane Society International urges consumers to avoid purchasing battery-cage eggs” said N.G. Jayasimha, manager of HSI’s factory farming campaign in India. “By labelling their eggs as free-range, Happy Hens Farm provides Indian consumers with the information they need to make a better choice.”

Facts

* India’s factory farms confine 140 to 200 million hens in barren battery cages, where each bird lives within a space smaller than a single standard sized sheet of paper.

* Factory farms that confine more than 50,000 birds within a single shed are becoming increasingly common in India’s fast-growing agricultural economy.

To order for fresh free range eggs from Happy Hens, sms 9900514195 ( mention name,qty, address, email add).

A presentation on Happy Hens Farm is available here: http://www.slideshare.net/ngjayasimha/happy-hens-farm


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  • SHAHSHI

    WHERE CAN I GET THEM IN DELHI?

  • Alpa sharma

    yes, how can we get them in delhi ncr? I live in gurgaon.

    • The Alternative team

      Hi, Happy Hens doesn’t retail yet in Delhi. But you could try Keggs in Delhi and Gurgaon.

  • Babu

    Do we have similar one in Hyderabad?