What do free-range eggs mean?

True free-range eggs are those produced by hens who have access to nesting boxes, open floor space, perches and have access to outdoor runs. Due to climate conditions in Alberta, however, no commercial operations in Alberta produce free range eggs. Free run eggs are produced by hens allowed to roam freely in an enclosed facility (barn). Egg safety and quality can be more difficult to manage in these situations since eggs can come in contact with droppings and dirt, as well as can be laid in many places making quick egg collection a great challenge. The nutrient content of these eggs is no different than the nutrient content of eggs of hens raised in conventional cage housing systems. Information from the Alberta Egg Producers Board.

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