I much prefer fresh eggs to storebought eggs . . eggs from happy, loved, well cared for chickens versus eggs from chickens that are raised under not so great conditions. My red chickens, which are the “production” chickens, which are my pets, who love to sit in my lap and be petted . . they stay in a pen. It’s about 30′ x 40′ so they’re not squeezed into a tiny place. They have a little grass but not a whole lot. We give them corn cobs, strawberries, cantaloup, watermelon, most anything we think they might like. Probably 80% of their food intake comes from the food (chicken food and treats) that we give them. They definitely get lots of treats and they get lots of love but they aren’t really “free range”. According to the USDA, the definition of “free range” is:
FREE RANGE or FREE ROAMING: Producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside.