We have many people ask us what the difference is between Regular Eggs, Cage Free, Free Range and Pastured Eggs. PBS did a great video on this called "The Story of an Egg", see below:
So here is the breakdown:
Normal Eggs at the Grocery Store: Generally the chicken is raised in a small cage with other chickens without room to move around.
Cage Free Eggs: Chickens not raised in a cage. Generally these are chickens that are raised in large buildings with lots of other chickens with feeders/waters down the center; chickens do not have access to the outside.
Free Range: Chickens raised in coop that have access to a fenced in outside area.
Pastured Eggs: Chickens are raised on pasture and have the ability to roam property and generally have coop for protection from elements and for roosting in the evenings.
Our chickens are Pastured Chickens. They have coops to go into during the evening to roost and for weather elements. The coops do have large outdoor runs on them so if for some reason they need to be contained (due to real bad storms, etc) they have their coops and an outdoor run. Every morning we go out and give them fresh grain, water and then open the doors for them. They then forage off the property freely. We do not use chicken tractors for our chickens. They have full access to all of our property and we often find them coming over to the house, with our cows and even our hogs. In the evenings our chickens return to their coops to roost. We then lock them in for the evening to protect them from predators such as coyotes, badgers, skunks, etc.
If you would like more information on our chickens or have general questions, please feel free to contact us.