Cage-free chicken campaign scores surprising success

  • This 2017 photo shows cage-free chickens on a Versova farm in Iowa. The nation’s egg producers are in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar shift to cage-free eggs that is dramatically changing the lives of millions of hens in response to new laws and demands from restaurant chains. (Versova/via AP)

  • Gregg Fath, of Des Moines, Iowa, looks at eggs in a grocery store cooler on Feb. 4 in Des Moines, Iowa. Without much fuss and even less public attention, the nation’s egg producers are in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar shift to cage-free eggs that is dramatically changing the lives of millions of hens in response to new laws and demands from restaurant chains. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Without much fuss and even less public attention, the nation’s egg producers are in the midst of a multibillion-dollar shift to cage-free eggs that is dramatically changing the lives of millions of hens in response to new laws and demands from restaurant chains.