Why Our Eggs

Do you think you can trust in an egg carton label that promotes all natural? Cage Free? Organic? Free Range? Well, think again!

Many egg carton/packaging terms aren’t federally regulated.

Another important question is whether or not your the eggs you buy at the store are from producers that promote higher welfare practices?

About 95% of eggs sold in the U.S. come from birds crammed inside tiny wire cages where they cannot even fully stretch their wings.

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According to the Humane Society, most producers remove parts of hens’ beaks in the first few days of life. Some starve their birds to force molting (loss of feathers) to manipulate the laying cycle. And virtually all commercial operations are supplied by hatcheries that kill male chicks shortly after hatching (typically by grinding them alive), since they don’t lay eggs and aren’t bred to grow as large or as rapidly as chickens used in the meat industry.

ORGANIC LABEL:

Did you know that the USDA changed the exemptions list for substances that use to be prohibited (like synthetics) in food that has the “organic or “made with organic” label.

CAGE FREE LABEL:

Means the chickens were uncaged and able to freely roam a barn or other facility, but they generally don’t have access to the outdoors. This also does not mean that they are not fed antibiotics or treated humanely.

FREE-RANGE LABEL:

What You Might Think It Means: Hens playfully strolling and tumbling down green hills, home on the range.

What It Actually Means: Free-range means cage-free plus “access to the outdoors.” But as Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute notes, this “access” typically means a few small doors that lead to a screened-in porch with cement, dirt or a modicum of grass. And often, Kastel says, industrial fans that suck ammonia out of the building create “hurricane winds” through the small doorways, “and the birds don’t really want to walk through that.”

Kastel claims that the vast majority of free-range birds in commercial egg facilities never actually go outside. So in most cases, he says, free-range means the same thing as cage-free. Unlike in poultry production, there’s no government oversight of the term “free range” when it comes to eggs, so companies can more or less interpret it as they see fit.

The USDA’s (and industry standard) definition for “Free Range” is that birds must have “outdoor access” or “access to the outdoors.”  In some cases, this can mean access only through a “pop hole,” with no full-body access to the outdoors and no minimum space requirement.

HFAC’s Certified Humane® “Free Range” requirement is 2 sq. ft. per bird.  The hens must be outdoors, weather permitting (in some areas of the country, seasonal), and when they are outdoors they must be outdoors for at least 6 hours per day.  All other standards must be met.

WHAT YOUR EGG LABEL REALLY MEANS

Another important question is whether or not your the eggs you buy at the store are from producers that promote higher welfare practices?

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Photo: The Humane Society of the United States

 


 

THE HAPPY CHICK EGG DIFFERENCE

At the Happy Chick, our chickens are truly happy. For starters, our chickens have over 5 times the recommended space for every chick. So the can roam inside and out as much as they want.

Our chickens are not fed antibiotics, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, hormones or any other chemicals.

So what you get are all-natural, farm fresh eggs from all-natural, happy chickens.

We collect our eggs at least twice a day so that they are always fresh and delicious. YUM!

Many large egg producers, in an effort to save money, restrict their flock’s food supply. At the Happy Chick, however, we know that happy chickens who always have food and water available, produce delicious, high-quality eggs.

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Sources:
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/guide_egg_labels.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/16/2013-22388/national-organic-program-sunset-process
http://certifiedhumane.org/free-range-and-pasture-raised-officially-defined-by-hfac-for-certified-humane-label/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/12/23/370377902/farm-fresh-natural-eggs-not-always-what-they-re-cracked-up-to-be
http://certifiedhumane.org/free-range-and-pasture-raised-officially-defined-by-hfac-for-certified-humane-label/

 

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