5. What's the difference between Cage Free, Free Range, and Pasture Raised eggs and birds?
There's a lot of difference actually!
This only means that the chickens were not in cages. They can still be confined in very close quarters inside a building where they are standing in their own muck and can barely move. They have little or no access to the outdoors.
According to the USDA regulation, “free range” only means that the chickens were allowed “access” to the outside with no specifications as the quality or the duration of that outside exposure. So unfortunately, this term is mostly used where the chickens are crammed in large warehouses that has a small door on one end that opens to a few feet of outside dirt space. Most of the chickens never even know that door exists and couldn’t get there even if they wanted to.
This means exactly what you think it does. This is chickens raised OUTSIDE, on pasture. Pasture raised eggs and meat not only taste better and are better for you, but they are a sustainable method of farming that is proved to not only increase the health of birds, but to also increase the viability of the land as well.
1. Are Chickens hard to raise?
A: Not at all! Chickens are some of the best and easiest animals to raise. They don't take a lot of daily maintenance so even if you have a busy life in town, you can still raise chickens.
2. Do chickens smell bad?
A. Like all animals, they have their own unique smell but they should never smell bad. If there is a bad smell, more then likely it means that something is wrong or something needs help like their bedding.
3. Are your eggs and meat really that good?
A. Absolutely! You simply can't beat food that been produced right in your community where the animals have been treated humanely and with respect in every aspect of their lives.
4. Why are my eggs brown, white, green, and blue?
A. Just like your hair and eye color, the color shell a chicken lays is 100% genetic. The breeds that lay blue will always lay blue and the ones that lay brown eggs will always lay brown eggs. Doesn't matter what they've been fed or the season.