R.I. chicken farmer feels caged by new law

CAGED FEELING: Little Rhody Foods owner Eli Berkowitz says he feels targeted by a new state law that beginning in 2026 will require farms to upgrade their egg-laying chicken cages to allow the birds to move more freely. He operates the only commercial chicken farm that encloses its chickens in cages in the state.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
CAGED FEELING: Little Rhody Foods owner Eli Berkowitz says he feels targeted by a new state law that beginning in 2026 will require farms to upgrade their egg-laying chicken cages to allow the birds to move more freely. He operates the only commercial chicken farm that encloses its chickens in cages in the state.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Little Rhody Foods in Foster is the only commercial farm in Rhode Island that encloses its hens in cages and has done so since the late 1960s. But a new state law has set a deadline for its conversion to either larger cages, to allow more freedom of movement for the birds, or to a…

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