Misconceptions about Chickens and Eggs
Egg-carton advertising is the absolute truth.
When buying eggs, beware: Cage-free doesn’t mean organically raised, and it doesn’t mean the hens range the farm freely. It usually means they were housed in large pens with a little room to move around. Growers refer to this environment as cage-free, but really it’s just a giant cage with lots of chickens crowded into it.
Buying your eggs locally from hens kept in small flocks — whether free-ranging or fed organically or not — gives you the best-tasting eggs short of collecting them each morning from your own hens. And it probably means that the hens were kept in more humane conditions than commercial, caged layers.