The Cage Free label itself can be quite confusing…
It can be confusing choosing just the right eggs at the market. Cage free…free range…organic…private brands, store brands – what’s a consumer to do? If you’ve done your research on cage free eggs beforehand, you know that the label itself can be quite confusing.
More farmers today are treating their chickens more humanely within cage-free barns. Cage free (also used interchangeably with free range) chickens have more freedom of movement, yet still have the opportunity to be protected from the elements and predators. Labels that say Certified Humane in addition to cage free have the added bonus of organic eggs coming from free range chickens that only graze in organic grass fields.
Let’s take a look at some of the best cage free egg brands that give you an excellent value for the money, the taste and the healthy factor.
The Happy Egg Co.
All eggs put out by The Happy Egg come from free-range chickens that are given at least 14 square feet per bird. You’ll pay $4.99 per dozen, but you’ll get peace of mind knowing that hens can use wooden perching towers for resting, sand pits for dust bathing, along with plenty of clean water and feeding troughs. You don’t see this very often in the egg industry, so you know you’re getting a truly free range product by farmers who treat their chickens right.
As the least expensive free range eggs, you can find them in conventional grocery stores so you don’t have to hunt around for them.
For a tasty and nutritious option, try Backyard Eggs which boast pasture-raised hens with a minimum of 108 square feet of pasture per bird. They are given access to green grass, bugs, and worms, all of which add to the deep yellow hue of the yolks. Birds given such a natural diet tend to produce the healthiest and best tasting eggs.
They cost a little bit more, at 5.99 per dozen, but they are certified humane, non-GMO-verified.
Technically from the same company as Backyard Eggs, Vital Farms eggs are Certified Organic, with hens still raised on a pasture but with organic feed. These are even more expensive, at $6.99 per dozen, but the eggs are guaranteed to come from hens that have never eaten pesticides or antibiotics.
This private brand label from CMC Food is USDA Certified Organic, where hens are provided a 100% organic non-GMO diet and are allowed access to the outdoors. The hens are also 100% cage free, Certified Humane Raised and Handled, vegetarian fed and raised in the USA. Organic farmers are environmentally responsible, guaranteeing chemical-free soil leading to high-yield crops for hens.
Sometimes finding the best cage free eggs takes a bit of trial and error while visiting the grocery store. Everyone has their favorite…what’s yours?