NORTH FRANKLIN — Rep. Sawyer toured Kofkoff Egg Farm today and learned a little more about egg production and how the farm manages its chickens. Sawyer’s interest in the subject was piqued when another lawmaker at the Capitol introduced legislation that would have prohibited egg farmers (there are only a few left) from keeping their chickens in cages. That measure has yet to pass the legislature. Sawyer has with agricultural experts from the University of Connecticut about the topic, too, and the trip here today with Rep. Clark Chapin of New Milford (pictured above)provided her with an insider’s view of how the egg business works. Egg farmers, Sawyer said, contend that keeping their chickens outside of their cages – free-range — makes them more susceptible to illness. And that means they’d have to replace chickens frequently — a cost their companies just can’t afford. Sawyer reported touring a clean facility with chickens that appeared both healthy and well cared for — a stark contrast to descriptions of chicken farms provided by free-range advocates.