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In this 2011 photo provided by Jill Benson, chickens stand in California's only enriched colony system that gives them a darkened area for nesting at the JS West farm in Atwater, Calif. The animal welfare group that gave laying hens more room in California is working to increase cage sizes nationally with an unlikely ally - the biggest opponent to the state's successful 2008 voter initiative regulating the conditions for egg production.

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Federal bill would give nation's hens bigger cages

The animal welfare advocates who gave egg-laying hens more room to roam on California farms are trying to expand chicken coops across the nation with an unlikely ally — a group that previously had been their biggest opponent.

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