Friday, July 20, 2012

Where does your innocent package of eggs come from?

This is where basic cheap white eggs come from
Not very innocent looking.. Many people just grab the cheapest carton from the shelf and go home without a care, not knowing where the eggs come from.. Conventional hens are also fed soy based chicken feed. The only problem with this is, because it is not organic soy, there is a 95% it is GMO. (This link is for say no to gmo. This website explains why GMO is no good)
Now, not only are free range/ pastured eggs more humane, but they also have a much lower risk of salmonella contamination. This is simply because they get to roam around free, eat clean food and go to a nesting box to lay their eggs. On the other hand, factory farmed eggs come from chicken packed tightly into cages, they poop eat and lay all in the same place. There are hundreds of birds in one farm. Diseases and infection spread through the poop filled cage farm. The cages are so small that many birds can not turn around, flap their wings, stretch, and have no opportunity to dust/dirt bathe themselves. These hens live their entire lives in a cage never seeing the light of day. To insure they do not peck each other from insanity their beaks are painfully cut off.
This is a Picture of "debeaking," there are different techniques, but most involve a hot blade and pressure.
 The end result is not so pretty--

(This is a video from PETA on conventional egg layer living conditions)

                        Now, not everyone has the time, space, or money to raise their own chickens, so what can you do? Try to buy from your local chicken keepers. It's easier than you think. Go on craigslist, and search eggs in "for sale"
I bet there are at least 5 sellers in your area, well maybe not in NYC..
It is best to buy straight from a person because they are more trustworthy, and they might even show you the chickens' living conditions. If you can't or don't want to buy from a person, read lables carefully! Cage free does not mean free range or pastured.
The best thing a carton can say is: pastured. Meaning they can roam free, dust bathe, and participate in normal chicken activites.
Cage-free: is not always better than conventional caged, because- most cage free farms pack as many chickens into a barn as possible making it difficult to move, and making diseases a higher risk.
A picture of a "cage-free" farm
Something to look for: CERTIFIED HUMANE
this means the chickens have better living conditions and a treated kindly.
A good place to find these eggs, believe it or not- costco
not bad, 2 dozen in a pack, and not a bad price
Trader joe's, whole foods, and some supermarkets also carry these eggs, but be careful
some labels say cage free, and in small print "free to roam inside a barn."       Note. picture above.

My chickens
(from left to right) Banana, sandy, ginger, sparrow, pebbles, midnight
and chiquita, who is not in this shot.

I consider my chickens organic free range or pastured. 

This is my chicken pen and coop. In the pen they are about to dust bathe and walk around with some cover from the rain. The coop is where the sleep and lay. My chickens get at least at least 6 hours a day (usually more) to roam the yard free. We live on a fenced acre, and I allow my chickens to roam, forage, perch, fly, and dust bathe. They have no vaccinations and their wings aren't clipped. They are fed certified organic feed, and given clean fresh water constantly throughout the day, every day.
 They are treated with respect, and given care, and love. If you live local to eastern suffolk on long island I would love to sell eggs to you, as soon as they start laying.


  1. I love your chickens. Are you selling the eggs yet? How are the chickens doing in the colder weather?

  2. lol thank you, Yes I do sell the eggs, but unfortunately I am only getting about 2 a day currently.. So I haven't been selling much. I am thinking of putting christmas lights on their sun to stimulate their laying hormones.But they are all doing great! They love foraging and dust bathing, they are spoiled happy chickens that look forward to treats like quionoa, and pomagranite.

  3. Cool, it's my dream to have chickens. One day...

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  4. yea, chickens are really great, they are work though.. thanks a lot! yea look for me on pinterest so I can follow you