Organic  Eggs

There is a difference between the land options:  pasture-raised, cage-free, and free-range.  

And the feed options: conventional, non-GMOs, organic 

CONVENTIONAL

Hens are fed genetically modified grains, from crops treated with chemical pesticides

 

NON-GMO ~ not enough

Hens are fed non-GMO grains, however, pasture and crops may be treated with chemical pesticides and hens may receive antibiotics.

 

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

For an egg to receive the USDA Organic seal, the hens laying those eggs must be fed a purely organic diet. That means feed that contains no genetically modified foods, animal by-products, synthetic fertilizers, other chemicals, hormones or pesticides. The hens and their land and feed are free from chemical pesticides, GMOs, and antibiotics—which means you are too. Organic Eggs mean that all non-grass and grubs, supplemental feed, the chickens eat is certified organic. Organic hens never receive antibiotics

Certified organic feed is non-GMO and free of all toxic chemicals. In the pastures and woodlands where ther hens roam, they never spray harmful pesticides or herbicides. Important, but only part of a healthy hen lifestyle.  

CAGE-FREE

No cages, but crowded barns with thousands of birds fighting for space —not exactly “free.” Cage Free Eggs are sourced come from hens raised in cramped barns, often with several hens per square foot, with no access to the great outdoors. Not so friendly.

FREE RANGE~ not enough

With as little as 2 sq. ft. per hen, the “range” can be about half the size of your coffee table. That's not a lot—even for an 18" tall hen. Free-Range Hens live in similar conditions, with the addition of limited outdoor access. The typical free-range setup provides about two square feet of space per hen, often a cement patio or dirt lot. Sounds nicer than it is.

PASTURE-RAISED

At least 108 sq. ft. per hen, (an acre of land for every 400 hens), on rotated pastures. That's what we call freedom. Pasture-Raised Hens actively graze and forage outdoors. Each hen has 108+ square feet per hen. 

In order to guarantees that they are truly pasture-raised, they would need to be 

American Humane certified:

American Humane is one of the oldest animal welfare certifiers in the United States. With more than 100 years of service to our animal friends, they have very high standards that they mandate all farmers meet in order to be certified. All of their standards are set by a scientific advisory board comprised of experts in the fields of veterinary science, animal welfare, and sustainable agriculture. Check them out here: http://www.americanhumane.org/.

Pasture-raised eggs taste or look different than other eggs!

Pasture-raised hens’ natural and wholesome diets foster brighter, more orangey-yellow yolks, and a fresher, richer taste. Pasture-raised eggs are the best-tasting eggs, with superior baking performance in muffins and cakes. So it turns out, when you treat your hens with respect and care, they treat us well right back.

It’s exactly this lifestyle and diet that makes pasture-raised organic eggs nutrient-dense, and it’s also what gives their yolks that beautiful amber color.

ARE ALL PASTURE-RAISED EGGS ORGANIC?

Pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised organic eggs are two different eggs. 

The best eggs you can get the need  to have 2 requirements:

1. USDA Certified Organic seal,  which means the chickens didn't eat any GMO corn or other pesticide food.

2. Certified Pasture-Raised. Look for the HFAC Humane Farm Animal Care seal!

Vitamin D in eggs has been observed to increase up to 4 times in hens that have exposure to sunlight, compared to hens that are kept away from sunlight. 

On this page you will find only the best of the best which means eggs that carry the 2 certifications:

  •  USDA Certified Organic

  • American Humane Certified

When picking eggs at the grocery store check the 2 certific