Differences between the eggs of organically-fed-free-range chicken and other eggs
Bio-available iron darkens the yolk; well-structured amino acids form thick and jelly-like proteins of the egg white with clear colour and pronounced viscosity; abundant macro and trace minerals allows the formation of antioxidant and other vitamins necessary to all life forms including a chick . It is worth remembering that an egg has in it everything that life needs; hence a chick; the most perfect and complete food; it is worth paying attention to it.
Not even two naturally produced eggs are the same size or the same colour. There are infinite variations of size and colours which a flock of birds can produce. It is documented that food and medications are not the only factors effecting the health, taste, presentation and nutritional values of an egg but also the psychological statues of laying chicken effects the colour of the shell, the colour of the yolk, the protein content and structure of the egg white as well as the full spectrum of its nutrients and micro nutrients.
Organic Free range Eggs
Please note that Organic Free Range is not the same as Free Range
- An organic free range farm can only house 1000 chickens per 10,000 square metres (one hectare); we house only 800 chickens per hectare!
- An organic free range farm must ensure that 4/5 of each hectare is pastured (not concrete) with ample shades and clean water!
- An organic free range farm cannot use any type of antibiotics and diarrhoea medication, period!
- An organic free range farm is not allowed beak trimming, period!
- An organic free range farm is not allowed to use feeds that contain other animal’s remains, period!
- An organic free range farm is not allowed to use grains or seeds which are produced in commercial farms, which always contain pesticides and herbicides residues (heavy metals), period!
- An organic free range farm must use all plant food (grains and seeds), which are produced in organically certified farms at the cost of $1200 a tonne (see below paragraph)!
- An organic free range farm cannot use any light trickery on chickens (see below paragraph)!
- An organic free range farm cannot use food colouring of any type for enhancing yolk colour!
In a commercial shed the chickens are fed meals which are a mix of almost always other animal remains and always contain heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides residues brought in from commercial farms.
It is a standard practice, in commercial sheds, to fortify chicken’s feed with food colouring to change and darken the yolk.
It is a standard practice, in commercial sheds, to use light trickery (dividing each 24 hours day into two days by turning the lights off every six hours) to convince the chickens that it is a brand new day and she must lay an egg. As the result of this cruel but widely practiced strategy (developed in Israel in 1970s) the commercial egg farmers double their productivity and as the result the chicken will live only a single year instead of three which is a normal life span for an organic and free range chicken.
A commercial shed may contain a few hundred thousand chickens, where the space allows for standing only; Chickens never see sunlight: their beaks are trimmed and mass mortality is only prevented by daily doses of a concentrated variety of antibiotics and anti-diarrhoea medications.
That there are things in commercial eggs which are not good for you, such as heavy metals, and other chemical residues is beyond any doubt.
Free Range Eggs:
Free range chickens are exactly that: Free Range; most of the time (at local farms) they are allowed to come and go as they are pleased, they live in much less concentrations and enjoy better housing as well as freedom of movement.
In commercially managed free range sheds their concentration (number of chicken per square metre) is not regulated and almost always close to 10,000 chickens are housed on one hectare, most of which is under roof and only a small concreted outdoor area is available for roaming.
Food and medication are also not regulated. In free range operations chickens are fed commercially produced feed which is less than $400 a tonne, or 40 cents a kilo. High concentration of birds prompts outbreak of digestive and other diseases forcing the operator to use antibiotics and anti-diarrhoea medications. In reality the only difference between free range eggs and caged eggs is the freedom of movement granted to the layers; all other factors such as food and medication may and almost always are the same.