When cage free chickens are able to roam around, engage in natural chicken behavior, and eat things like bugs and leafy greens, they automatically have more nutrients available to them, which increases the amount of beneficial nutrients in their eggs. Farm fresh eggs are proven to have less cholesterol and saturated fats while having more vitamins (A, E and D), omega-3 fatty acids, and beta carotene. Omega-3s are so important for everyday bodily functions and preventing chronic diseases, and keeping your vitamin-D levels up is important for staving off other health issues.
Also, when you buy farm fresh eggs, you know exactly where those eggs came from and how the chickens were treated. Here at Sheep Pasture, our chickens are free to forage, take dust baths, and chase each other around all they want. We know that they are happy and healthy. What about store bought eggs though? How do you know anything about the carton you are picking up at the Shaw’s or Stop & Shop?
Unfortunately, most commercial poultry industries keep their chickens packed in small cages where hens barely have any room to turn around. Conditions are less than ideal with little access to fresh air, natural light and fresh food. The bottom line for these industries is made up of dollar signs, not comments about how wonderfully they treat their hens. So, if you want to support farms that raise their chickens in humane conditions, the Human Society of the United States has provided some tips on how to decipher egg cartons. Click here to read about the differences between the cage-free, free-range or free-roaming, pasture-raised, and certified organic labels. Or you could support your local farms and buy fresh eggs from places like Sheep Pasture!