Are you confused about the terms pasture-raised, free-range and cage-free?
Many people are and it’s no wonder.
Let’s end the confusion so that we can all make a educated decision about which eggs we feed ourselves and our families.
Here we go:
Each pasture-raised hen lives as natural a life as possible.
Their days are spent outdoors and they only come into their coops at night for safety and shelter.
They receive no antibiotics, have outdoor access all day, every day, and 35-50% of their diet comes from natural foraging.
A pasture-raised chicken has a minimum of 108 sq. feet of space.
Free-range hens must have some outdoor access, but that may be a mere hole for them to poke their heads through.
They receive no antibiotics, have limited outdoor access, and natural grasses are not included in their diet.
They are fed 100% corn-based diet.
A free-range chicken has an average of 2 sq. feet of space.
Cage-free hens aren’t in cages, however they can be packed together in a chicken house with no outdoor access or sunlight.
These hens may be given antibiotics, have no outdoor access, and have no natural grasses included in their diet.
They are fed a 100% corn-based diet.
A cage-free chicken has an average of 1 sq. foot of space.
Which eggs would you choose?
Our choice is pasture-raised as pictured below.
Which of the 5 eggs look the most nutritious to you?
(Hint: the 3 darker eggs are not only more nutrient dense, but taste far better.)