Free Range for Chickens

In my opinion, if you can’t afford free range eggs, you cannot afford to eat eggs (or you need to discover the markets, they are cheaper there :) )

We where talking today about buying free range eggs at the supermarket and how some companies put out a free range and a cage variety under the same brand name (Meggles Farm, Sunny Queen and many more). I could never understand it and always avoided buying these brands because I figured the profits where still going to running battery farms. But I heard the argument today that if we buy the free range variety from these companies they will be making enough money from the free range part that they can stop with the cages sooner rather than later. Sort of a slow transition.

I’m not sold on the idea but it has made me think. Economically I can understand a company keeping both options open and testing the market to see if enough people care, rather than putting all of their eggs in one basket (eh eh! *wink* ).

What do you think?

I really don’t understand why cage eggs havent been banned, especially given that we have seen recently how quickly the Australian Government can make moves on animal cruelty issues when they want to, even when the decision has HUGE ramifications nationally and internationally.

I got some eggs from my Dad’s chickens a while ago, I cracked one and saw that the white was a little cloudy, I panicked. However! Panic was not required, turns out that the cloudiness was because the eggs where really really fresh. The white (albumen) contains dissolved carbon dioxide which is what makes it cloudy. Egg shell is a little permeable so as the egg ages the carbon dioxide escapes and makes it more and more transparent. Keep an eye out for it!


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