Different labels on chicken eggs
When you buy chicken eggs from a supermarket, there are various labels on them – organic, free-range, free-run, omega-3 and pastured. But what do these terms mean? Find out below.
For an egg to be organic, the hen must be fed an organic feed since birth. This is because organic feed does not contain any sort of fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. As well as their
feed, the hen must have access to go outdoors no matter the weather or season.
Free-range eggs are eggs that are laid by hens that must have access to the outdoors. However, there are no restrictions to how much time is spent outside or even, the space in which every hen must have whilst outdoors.
Free-run eggs or barn eggs
Hens who produce free-run/barn eggs can rome free in barns and therefore are not confined to cages but under no circumstances can they go outdoors.
Omega-3 eggs are produced by hens that have a high level of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. It is a known fact that this type of egg has up to 3 – 6 times as much omega-3 as standard eggs.
Eggs from pastured hens (hens that have the freedom to rome free in open pastures but do have the option to roost in mobile coops at night) offer additional nutrients to conventional eggs. The hens which lay these eggs diet includes feed, as well as plants and insects.