You might think our free-range eggs are the most essential ingredient in our McMuffin®. Well actually, our most essential ingredient is our British and Irish farmers, over 23,000 of them, and our tasty eggs are all from RSPCA Assured farms.
We care for our egg farms
Our commitment to hen welfare doesn’t stop there. As part of the McDonald’s range enrichment programme for hens launched in 2008, over half a million trees have been planted on egg farms to provide natural shelter for the birds.
Freshly cracked for every McMuffin®
Once they reach our restaurants our eggs are freshly cracked into special round rings and steamed, so they fit perfectly inside our tasty McMuffins® every single time.
Improving hen welfare and egg quality by planting trees
We work with our suppliers through the McDonald’s Sustainable Egg Supply group. Together with our research partners, FAI Farms, we worked on a range enrichment programme to determine the effects that tree cover had on free-range flocks.
Because hens originate from woodland animals they will often avoid open fields and gather under trees for safety. The report, published in 2008, showed that hens living on ranges with greater tree cover experienced improved animal welfare as they were more encouraged to leave the barns and to express natural behaviour. As a result, we now require all farms supplying McDonald’s with free-range eggs to have at least 20% of their ranges planted with tree cover. As of 2021, over half a million trees have been planted on ranges as part of the McDonald’s range enrichment programme for hens.