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Free-Range vs. Cage-Free Eggs

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Green expert Sara Snow explains the difference between free-range and cage-free eggs.

Q. What's the difference between free-range and cage-free eggs?

A. Free-range means the chickens are raised with some access to the outdoors, and cage-free means they live in an open room so they can stretch their wings. Neither label is well regulated for eggs, so I look for USDA-certified organic. These are guaranteed free-range and are often cage-free, plus the birds get organic feed, so the farmer doesn't use hormones, antibiotics, or grain grown with toxic chemicals.

 

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.

 

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Alli2010MN wrote:

We have about 21 chickens in our backyard flock, they have plenty of room to roam around and are only fed organic food. The eggs are fantastic with bright yellow yolks and some of our chickens even lay fun colors like blue or green :)

12/1/2009 11:05:43 AM Report Abuse
walkerkm84 wrote:

Best to raise your own backyard flock. This way you know what they are feed and how they are treated. Backyard flock eggs have lower cholesterol, 3x's the omega's....i have 9 that i raise and would never think of buying a store bought egg!

11/30/2009 02:03:39 PM Report Abuse

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