NO NEVER EVER WOULD RATHER GO WITHOUT.
We have 22 hens 2 cockrels and a mallard that cannot fly. They live a comfortable existance in a large run with a pond and two sheds during the day if we are not about. If we are around they have the 'run' of 12 acres plus our apple orchard. Our neighbours have much the same set up for their birds. They are locked up at night safe from the fox. These are intellegent, sensitive creatures that should never ever be locked in cages.
I know we are probably the luck exception, but after owning and looking after hens on a day to day basis I would never buy eggs from a source where I could not see how they are kept.
Our eggs taste much better too.