Yeah I buy the cage eggs. I realise this will be unpopular on a forum of animal lovers but chicken welfare isn't high on my priority list.
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26-09-2011 13:36 #11
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26-09-2011 13:38 #12
We have two chickens and they usually both lay every day
When I need extra, I buy free range from the fruit and veg shop, they are only $4 there.
26-09-2011 13:41 #13
No I don't. Mostly because if I am buying eggs I'm pretty p!ssed that I have too because it means our chooks haven't produced enough!
26-09-2011 13:42 #14Senior Member
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I do, but am worried about how free range they are.
Does anybody have info on the better free range eggs?
26-09-2011 13:43 #15
I buy caged eggs purely because of the price difference. If they were closer in price I would spend extra on free range but as it stands I can buy 2 dozen bigger, caged for the same price as 1 dozen free range (approx).
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26-09-2011 13:45 #16
I always buy free range eggs, chicken and pork/ham/bacon. I feel extremely passionate about this.
26-09-2011 13:58 #17Senior Member
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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.
26-09-2011 14:04 #18
yeh we try to buy freerange - although like PP said how do you knwo they really free range?
I remember hearing that all they need to do is have a door on the shed to be called free range - don't know how true that is.
We are fortunate enough that our local supermarket sells eggs from a local farm - the chickens are so free range when you drive past you enivitably have to slow down because they wonder onto the road.
I won't buy from any of the major suppliers that sell cage and free range though.
26-09-2011 14:08 #19
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26-09-2011 14:10 #20
Free range all the way! The doco I watch was hideous! I nearly vomited watching it.
I would rather pay more for the welfare of these poor chooks!
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