My mum has just adopted 12 ex free range hens. 6 of them are actually mine but a pigeon decide to lay two eggs in the aviary that I was planning on re vamping into a chicken shed so I thought I'd get mum to look after mine until she's done with it. I went down there this weekend and saw them and they are just in heaven at my mum's house. She has a quite large bit of land and along one side of her property is a fully enclosed orchard/vegi patch/chook yard which has taken on a life of it's own and no amount of gardening will set it to order again. They have the whole thing to themselves and they look so very happy
It got me thinking: I was raised in a vegetarian house hold, we always bought free range and where we could, we'd buy from neighbours with a few chooks in their back yard as that's usually even better. I have never bought cage or barn laid eggs and it used to cause all sorts of fights with XDP because he just couldn't see why I felt so strongly about it. If he went shopping he would buy caged eggs and expect me to eat them, which I wouldn't. Even if he cooked me up a meal I would eat everything BUT the eggs. It drove him nuts but eventually he just gave in and bought free range from then on. Tbh I couldn't say if I feel so strongly about this because of the cruelty issue, the health issue or because it's such an ingrained thing in me that I'm doing it purely out of habit. At a guess I'd say a mix of all three reasons.
So, as the title states, Do you buy free range? And if not, why not?