Cage-Free Eggs. Cage-free eggs are eggs from birds that are not raised in cages, but in floor systems usually in an open barn. The hens have bedding material such as pine shavings on the floor, and they are allowed perches and nest boxes to lay their eggs. However, they may still be at close quarters with many other hens — just not in cages.
There are some compelling reasons to choose pastured free range eggs vs caged eggs, and not just for the welfare issues. The levels of nutrition in free range eggs …
Free Range hens who spend their days outside in the sun are known to lay eggs that are higher in Vitamin D than those of caged and cage-free hens who spend their days inside. Wrong! It’s Vitamin D. Free Range hens who spend their days outside in the sun are known to lay eggs that are higher in Vitamin D than those of caged and cage-free hens who spend their days inside.
The new results are in: Free-range eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture are a heck of a lot better than those from chickens raised in cages! Free-Range Eggs. Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture.
These are large brown eggs laid by free range hens, but with some added nutrients in their feed. These birds are fed a diet that includes flax seed, which increases the level of omega-3 fatty acid in the eggs.