We can see different labels on chicken eggs when buying in the supermarkets, such as free-run, organic, free-range, and so on. Then what do these terms mean for the eggs?

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Organic Eggs

To produce organic eggs, hens must be fed organic feed since its birth. The organic feed does not contain any commercial fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. Antibiotics are only allowed during an infectious outbreak. The laying hens must have access to the outdoors year-round. The nutritional composition of organic and conventional eggs appears to be similar.

Free-range Eggs

USDA(U.S. Department of Agriculture)regulates that free-range eggs laying hens must be given access to the outdoors. But the amount of time outdoors or space the hen must-have is not regulated, there are also no requirements for the quality of outdoor access. and no restrictions regarding what the birds can be fed. Free-range eggs are healthier and have higher nutritional content than eggs produced by hens confined in cages constantly.

Free-run Eggs

Free-run hens are not confined to cages and can roam in barns, but they are not allowed to go outdoors. The feed of free-run hens is the same as conventionally raised hens. They are given antibiotics and hormones.

Omega-3 Eggs

Hens eat food that with a high level of omega-3 fatty acids will produce omega-3 eggs. Usually, Omega-3 eggs have three to six times as much Omega-3 as regular eggs. Hens are restricted in cages and may have had some access to the outside.

Pastured Eggs

Pastured eggs are laid by hens which are allowed to roam free in open pastures, with mobile coops to roost in at night. Pastured hens eat plants and insects as well as commercial feed. Eggs from pastured hens are more healthy and more nutritious than conventional eggs.

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