If you are not exactly sure what “free range” means, it is a method of farming where the animals are allowed to roam free outside for at least part of the day, which can lead to healthier eggs and happier hens.
U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations do not require that free-range hens have access to pasture, so to reap the health benefits of free-range eggs, make sure you are buying them from pasture-fed flocks. Eggs from pasture-fed free-range hens contain, on average, one-third of the cholesterol and one-fourth of the saturated fat as conventional eggs, and more Omega-3 fatty acids, which are connected to heart health, lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure. Studies have found that free-range eggs contain over 40% more Vitamin A, and nearly triple the amount of Vitamin E than conventional eggs.
Less than 1% of chickens nationwide are raised as free range, but we found a farm that’s doing it right. The Otaika Valley Free Range Egg Farm in New Zealand allows their hens to roam free during the day, and spend the night in “spacious, safe barns.” A farmer filmed the chickens coming outside one day — and you’ll want to see what the camera caught!
h/t: Sun Gazing