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    I don't buy free-range eggs because I know a lot of the companies that sell free range also sell cage eggs so I'm essentially still supporting them if I buy their eggs.

    Up until I few weeks ago we had our own chickens. I'm trying to get the house ready for sale to move interstate (yeah with autistic super clingy child starting to wonder if we ever will move). Chickens don't lay all year round. They do need a break but I just went without eggs in that time rather they buy some.

    RSPCA on a carton of eggs doesn't really guarantee cruelty free. Like many large corporations give them enough cash and they'll look the other way. Those that only sell free-range eggs still may just only go by what's considered allowable. Allowable is 1 square metre per chicken. Having owned chickens I know that's not enough. They are pretty much foraging and eating in their own poo in a small space.

    I plan to get some rescued chickens if we ever move. I loved the "girls" personalities and had a bit of a when I gave them away. They would peck the back door if I was bit late with their breakfast. I have to get used to having a compost heap again because they usually ate anything I threw on there before it could became a "heap". If you're having a challenging day it's nice to sit outside and watch them scratching in the garden or give one a cuddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummykitty View Post
    i buy free range, everyone in my family does, we used to have chooks but we dont at the moment till i set up a run for them (hopefully then ill have 4ish) chooks make awesome pets DS used to pat Chicken the chicken when he was a baby and wed bring her in to help eat his crumbs lol
    They are excellent pets for kids. They don't have to be walked, groomed, and they put themselves to bed at night. You can feed them your kitchen scraps too. Also there's the hours, days, weeks, months of entertainment they give you. You start to realise why there's so much comedy about chickens. Funny creatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StienTheBean View Post
    You start to realise why there's so much comedy about chickens. Funny creatures.
    There is! My sister had a pet bantam when she was little and it used to sit on her bike handlebars and go riding with her!!!

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    I buy free range. I won't buy cage eggs because they don't taste as good and I feel guilty eating them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    It's true that organic food is nutritionally no better for you than non organic- it's been proven in many studies. The numbers are there. The pesticide issue is different- there is less (not none, just less) chemical residue on certified organic produce versus non organic. There is still some. It is significantly lower but it's still there. The only way to avoid it altogether is grow your own- even then it's not guaranteed! The average home gardener does have the equipment to test their soil etc. I do hear a lot of people confuse organic meat and free range- can I just say- it's not the same thing.
    Yeah, I'd like to see who exactly funded the studies... Could you elaborate on the free range vs organic meat tho. Even though we only eat fish I'd be interested in the fact finds


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    Quote Originally Posted by kbf2plus2 View Post
    We have our own chooks too so don't have to buy eggs.

    But just to shed some light ... my husband used to be an egg farmer and although his chooks were classed as free-range, his opinion on the whole "caged birds" vs "free range" thing is this.... chooks won't lay if they are not happy. If the caged birds weren't happy they wouldn't lay and the farmer would go out of business. People aren't chooks and don't know how chooks feel and just because THEY wouldn't want to be in a cage doesn't mean the chooks feel the same.
    Don't get me wrong... I MUCH prefer to see our chooks running around the garden, scratching and eating bugs and worms and grass but caged birds aren't as unhappy as people like to make out. You need to realise also, when someone is reporting about caged birds, they want to make it sound and look as bad as possible to get the "right" emotional response from the audience so that is what you'll see in the images.
    Free range birds aren't in cages but they aren't necessarily running around in lovely grassy paddocks like you see on TV at times either. They are running around in paddocks but the grass gets eaten out rather quickly so often they are on dirt.

    Best thing is having your own chooks if you are able to, then you know EXACTLY what the set up is.

    I agree, my MILS chooks were miserable for a while because a dog kept hassling them and they wouldnt lay, then she made the BEST hangout for them with all different laying sections and stuff-yesterday i went collecting and found 10 in one container!

    But if i dont get them from her i buy caged. Dont really have a good enough reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinebrite View Post
    Yeah, I'd like to see who exactly funded the studies... Could you elaborate on the free range vs organic meat tho. Even though we only eat fish I'd be interested in the fact finds


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    The studies have been funded by various bodies both govt and private- they aren't hard to find. With meat, organic doesn't always mean free range- organic meat animals are not given preventative antibiotics and pesticide treated food etc- but they can still be raised and slaughtered in feedlots, which isn't widely recognised.

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    Do you buy free range? And if not, why not?
    Because our labelling laws suck and I can't trust the product to be what it says it is. And the way eggs are farmed in this country is beyond shocking - I'm with the OP on that one: I refuse to buy eggs from the supermarket shelf.

    We have our own chooks now.
    But the neighbours complain about them now. Think they'll get bird flu off them

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    I really want to buy chickens after reading this thread! I'll have to wait until my kitties cross the rainbow bridge though!

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