There are so many options for the type of eggs to buy, that it can get extremely overwhelming knowing which egg is right for you. There’s cage-free, free-range, organic, pasture-raised – what’s the best option? If the egg aisle is giving you a headache with all the terminology, this is the guide for you.
What this term means is that the chickens are not in cages, which is the worst scenario for a chicken. However, this doesn’t mean they’re running around happily. They are still most likely in a dark and crowded barn or building where they are not exposed to light or the great outdoors, but since they aren’t in cages, companies are free to use this term for marketing.
Again, this term is more of a marketing scheme than it leads to believe. While these kinds of eggs come from chickens who have not been in cages, they aren’t roaming free on a pasture all day long. Rather, they are allowed to be outside for a certain amount of time in their life, but it’s usually minimal.
This relates to the type of feed the chickens are given, and with organic eggs comes organic feed. This isn’t telling about the conditions of the chickens, but you do know that what they are eating is organic and free of antibiotics, which means you aren’t ingesting anything unhealthy in that way.
This label is the truest, and these eggs come from chickens who only graze on pastures their entire life.