The Truth About Eggs

| 11/3/2015 11:38:00 AM

Gardening JonesAs a GRIT reader you may already have a backyard flock. Good for you! However, if you are buying eggs either because you are still on the fence about owning chickens, or can’t where you live, here are a few things you should know.

Free range, a term we often hear, only means the chickens have access to the outdoors. It does not mean they actually go out.

“What???” you might be thinking.

Yep, that’s right. A coop with a window technically has access, yet the chickens may remain indoors and even in cages 24/7, and their eggs can still be labeled free range. No benefit to you, the buyer.

Most eggs likely carry GMOs and the associated pesticides, and are not organic. Unless the farmer is using certified organic and GMO-free feed, the chickens are probably eating corn produced using genetically engineered seed. Even backyard chickens are most likely eating genetically engineered feed. The eggs will contain some of the byproducts of the pesticides.

Real free range chickens get dirty. If you have your own Ladies, you have probably already found this out. When chickens are allowed to be outside, and the ground is wet, their claws get muddy when they scratch looking for food. When they then go to a nest box to lay, they may walk right over another egg, getting it a little dirty.