Thanks Marti for suggesting an explanation on this topic.
Chickens laying eggs that are labeled “cage-free” are un-caged and generally have a little more space than chickens inside barns and they usually have some access to the outdoors. This term does not tell us anything about the diet and whether they have been fed grains or given steroids or antibiotics.
Free-range hens aer un-caged inside barns and have outdoor access. Once again, this label does not tell us what the birds are fed (ie/ grains, hormones, antibiotics etc)
So what the heck do I buy???
Look for PASTURED EGGS—or better yet —buy from a local farmer that will share the exact diet and housing specifications of the chicken. Remember–if the animal you eat is healthy–you will be too.
Please visit our link on the side to Simpson Family Farms that now offers delivery of their grass-fed meats and chickens! They have great prices and I personally know and respect the owners! They are a real class act and are wholeheartedly aimed at providing the best nutrition to people in the community!