I bought the black case and I was shocked! Information like this is very helpful. Hi Cheryl – what state/region do you live in? Thanks for the help. It’s utterly horrific the conditions these poor animals are living in. Hi Sharon, I hear what you’re saying and appreciate you wanting to find eggs from hens who eat the purest food. so why support a co. That doesn’t even claim that ALL their eggs are humanely raised.?? However, it doesn’t change the fact that cheap, factory farmed food is taking a toll on land, farm workers, water supply, soil, animal welfare, and human health. Cheap food takes a toll. Some eggs yolks are deeper orange than others and while it’s normal to expect some variance, sometimes there’s a significant difference. Since they’re always marketing on tv, they.’re obviously fooling everyone, and getting rich doing it. Once the productivity of a flock declines to the point where it costs more to care for them than they make, we have little choice but to retire them. . Does the feed used include soy? This only began to change in the 60’s, in part due to changes in farm policy. They are pasture-raised, so the hens have more space to roam than most conventional hens (who spend most of the time in cages or crowded indoor hen houses), but they eat conventional feed, not organic feed. And Yes if you drink the Whole Milk, you CAN tell the difference. We have to realize that once the hens have reached the end of their laying cycle, they become soup chickens. Organic standards require the highest animal welfare of any system in Britain and our birds have generous access to pasture & beaks unharmed by clipping. Just a note! After hatching, the chicks were immediately “sexed” and the males put on trays that were then put into an oven and gassed. Chicken eggs that are not fertilized are not “baby chickens,” nor can they ever become chickens. I’ve been buying Happy Eggs, and just found Vital Farms eggs. All of ours would have been considered free range but they didn’t always look fluffy and handsome 365. When you get the true backyard raised eggs you will note: orangey yellow yolks, the shells crack much easier (I wonder if commercial raised eggs are given something to harden the shell) and the whites are fluffy and actually raise up like a cake if you do fried eggs. They may be treating their hens better than “the other guys”, but what an animal eats is just as important as the conditions it lives in. Peta had investigation on Nellie’s. I am still investigating on all that eggs claims and controversy. Our cheap food supply in this Country is killing us but slowly. I appreciate that you are trying to give your followers good information on eggs, but actually your information in a little off. Chickens go through a cycle of molt when they loose feathers and also stop laying as many eggs. The color of the yolk can be an indicator of good wholesome feeding, however, it can be easily manipulated. Yes. If we can get families back on the farm and rid these factory farms prices may come down. As has been mentioned, there’s a lot of variation in yolk color, even with pasture-raised eggs. I do agree that if you want a good egg with good animal husbandry, you have to spend the money like every other product. So those who produced the video were in error. People,should have their choice to buy as they wish and can afford!! Trust? Hi Sondra, the expose on Happy Eggs is from a long time ago and refers to their operation in the U.K. If you have hens though, that’s even better! Vital eggs even has this in their FAQ section. But re: soy, the issue is more complicated. Backyard Eggs provide at least 108 square feet of pasture per bird, so the hens have a huge amount of space to roam and eat grass, bugs, worms, etc. We hope to get our own chickens once we have a bigger yard! F.y.i…….this is the standard Noble Foods adhere to with their live stock. Were the visits scheduled or did you just “drop in”? The free-range farm run by Noble Foods – That being said, the above mentioned eggs are still good but they all come from chickens that have been been fed soy feed. I am encouraged that at least some companies have made some improvements in the treatment of animals. Some companies really ARE committed to healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. But I’ve never thought about this aspect, to be honest, so I’ll do some investigating to see what they say. Are they buried alive and thrown into grinders fully conscious as so often happens on other factory farms? What little control we do have we use to source our pullets (teenage hens) from farmers who have purchased their chicks from hatcheries with the highest standards in the industry. Our digestive system let me know something good had happened. Unfortunately, it DOES cost a lot to raise animals humanely and sell the dairy, eggs and meat that they produce. I’ve noticed this too but it’s not just seasonal. I, too, after learning about the overall inhumane practices of even the most humane companies, now eat a plant-based diet. I like how Vital Farms gives you a little report on what’s happening on the farm (Backyard Eggs does this too) and that all the eggs look different from each other. What did you find out about the male culling processes of these brands? Sorry to disappoint you about Eggland’s Best, but I read an article today on FB regarding the horrible conditions of chickens that produce their product. I find that happy eggs for $5 produces the best orange colored yolk from all the store brands. Handsome Brook are great. 3 egg is not horrible, but it’s not great either. This is a more labour intensive system than just opening a new bag of imported feed but we feel the results are worth it. . You can’t compare them. I haven’t figured out how to pick the best ones. So a lot of people have asked and I think we’re all still curious. This post is not meant to replace any other info, just adding to it and sharing a few brands I like. Thanks! I did not read all of your comments and replies, so you may already be aware of the fact that there is a I know that male chicks are killed throughout the egg industry, but I’m not sure about hens after they’re done producing eggs. The original idea of pasture fed (grass fed) was to increase omega-3 oil in the egg. Labels like “cage-free” (which means nothing), “free-range,” “pasture-raised,” etc. no imported feed means no hidden food-miles. So the only difference is whether or not the hens are eating all-organic feed or not. And neither is it viable or affordable to let them live out their lives in peace – in truth, if we were not able to house and feed them, it would be a miserable, stressful and probably quite short life, crueler than the alternative. They are murdered, and there is nothing humane about that. Recently I purchased some free range eggs for the first time.