Grocery stores have been stocking shelves with a wide variety of eggs, including free range and cage free eggs. Demand for eggs laid by humanely-raised hens is increasing across the globe as consumers become aware of the drawbacks of conventional eggs and the benefits of cage free and free range eggs.
Free Range vs. Conventional
Unlike conventional eggs, which come from caged hens deprived of sunlight and natural behaviors such as nesting, perching, and dust bathing, free range hens are free to roam outdoors and enjoy sunlight. Research has actually shown that caged hens exhibit more fearful behavior and are prone to skeletal problems due to captivity. Free range eggs, on the other hand, are regarded as a more humane alternative to conventionally produced eggs.
Unlike conventional eggs, free range eggs will have a more deeply colored yolks because they’re laid by hens fed a nutrient-rich diet.
According to the January 2021 edition of the WATTPoultry International, “Every major foodservice company now has a global cage-free commitment, as do nine of the 10 largest global manufacturers and eight of the 10 largest hotel chains.” Companies have opted for a 2025 or 2026 deadline for completing their transition to cage free eggs. Global change is underway for the egg production industry, with North American companies leading the way, and companies in Europe, Latin America and Africa following close behind.
Why Choose Chino Valley Ranchers Free Range Eggs
Chino Valley Ranchers free range eggs are laid by hens that live on free-range farms and fed the finest organic (non-GMO) grains and seeds from certified pesticide-free fields. In addition, to ensure the purity and quality of the feed, the feed is milled onsite at Southern California’s only dedicated organic poultry feed mill. Each egg is expected for quality to ensure it meets Chino Valley Ranchers’ standards.