Excess Supply of Cage Free Eggs? September 12, 2016 Many of the cage-free egg purchase pledges have implementation dates around 2025, which was thought to be the minimum amount of time required for the industry to convert from more than 90 percent cage-housed hens to being predominantly cage free. Unfortunately, many of the retail store purchase pledges don’t contain intermediate benchmarks, and they have provisions for availability and affordability of eggs. Couple this with many consumers’ reluctance to pay the premium for cage-free eggs, and we have the current confusion in the marketplace where surplus cage-free eggs are being sold to breakers at substantial losses for egg producers. That's from this article by Austin Alonzo and Terrence O'Keefe.