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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27-09-2011 10:54 #94
I buy free range. I won't buy cage eggs because they don't taste as good and I feel guilty eating them.
27-09-2011 11:59 #95
27-09-2011 13:36 #96
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.
27-09-2011 21:41 #97
27-09-2011 21:52 #98Do you buy free range? And if not, why not?
We have our own chooks now.
But the neighbours complain about them now. Think they'll get bird flu off them
28-09-2011 12:23 #99
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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01-10-2011 22:14 #100
Yep I do!
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