This post is sponsored by Nellie’s® Free Range Eggs. All opinions are my own.
I don’t know about you, but eggs have always been something that I’ve bought without giving a lot of thought to it.
Sure, I’ve bought cage free eggs, but I’ve never actually stopped to think what this meant. I just assumed that it meant that the animals were treated humanely.
Is it just me or is the food industry doing its best to make it difficult for consumers to understand the quality of food that they are getting?
I always assumed that free range and cage free eggs were pretty much the same thing.
Nothing could be further than the truth!
Free range means there is no cages or enclosures anywhere inside the barn. This isn’t the case for cage free.
Cage free eggs come from hens that spend their lives inside a warehouse-like building with no access to roam outdoors. They are functionally confined to giant metal aviary systems that run floor to ceiling – really, like a cage. Typically, these warehouses host up to half a million hens. These aren’t farms at all but rather industrial-scale factories!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to support a system where hens are kept in such tight quarters that they can’t stretch their wings and have no ability to forage for foods as they normally would. They have no outdoor access.
This video will really open your eyes to the dramatic difference between cage free and free range.
Can you imagine the stress that these animals go through and how that translates into the quality of eggs? I mean, Skye goes nuts if they don’t get outside for a single day. Can you imagine what happens to an animal when they spend their entire existence in such tight quarters? (Or worse, a tiny cage?)
Luckily, I have found a more humane option that is also affordable – Nellie’s® Free Range Eggs.
Nellie’s eggs are all 100% Grade A Certified Humane Free Range, which means that the farmers follow the strictest standards of environmental sustainability, humane animal treatment, and safety. Nellie’s is the first egg company to get the certified humane seal. Rather than an industrial-scale factory, their hens live on small family farms.
They roam free and can head out to green pastures anytime the weather permits. This allows them to engage in natural behaviors like roosting and dust bathing. (Not to mention stretching and flapping their wings.)
Nellie’s uses no hormones and no antibiotics – just wholesome, humane eggs. The kind you will feel great about feeding your family!
For more information, including where to buy, visit www.nelliesfreerange.com.
Do you buy free range eggs? Why or why not?