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Free-range and free-range eggs: what you should know about them

Eggs are one of the most popular foods, and Germans eat around 225 eggs every year. When buying, you should definitely pay attention to the way the laying hens are kept, because there are big differences here. Learn what you should know about free-range and free-range eggs from this article.

Barn eggs: you need to know that

Floor housing is the most common type of housing, around 65 percent of laying hens live under these conditions.

  • The animals live in a demarcated area of ​​around 1.1 square meters, and the cages are often stacked on top of each other. There is no question of running out.
  • Fattening hens do not live long, after about five to seven weeks they are slaughtered.
  • Depending on the weight of the hens, up to 26 animals live on one square meter at the end of the fattening period.
  • Beaks are shortened so that the animals cannot injure each other.
  • Antibiotics are used en masse to prevent epidemics.

Free range: the conditions

Free range chickens make up about 15 percent of all laying hens. Here, however, the conditions do not differ very much from those of floor housing.

  • Here, too, an area of ​​1.1 square meters is available to each animal. The difference, however, is that the hens also have a four square meter free range.
  • As with floor hens, the life expectancy of the animals is a maximum of seven weeks.
  • In this type of keeping, the beaks are also shortened under cruel conditions. In addition, the animals are stuffed full of antibiotics.

Appropriate alternative: organic eggs

With 8.3 percent, organic farming has the lowest share. The quality of life of the laying hens is much higher here than with other types of husbandry.

  • Most of the animals live in the open air, so they take in more sunlight and fresh food. As a result, the eggs have a higher vitamin D content than cage and free-range eggs.
  • Genetic engineering is not allowed in organic farming, so sick animals are cared for with the help of herbal medicinal substances. The feed is also produced strictly in accordance with organic regulations and thus gives the eggs a better quality.
  • The taste of organic eggs is usually particularly intense. One of the reasons for this is that the animals are not fed corn or food supplements.
  • You can recognize real organic eggs by the European organic seal. Goods with this seal of approval comply with EU legislation and are guaranteed to come from organic farming.
  • Even better: buy your eggs from a regional farm you trust. Here you can get an idea of ​​the posture for yourself. In addition, these eggs are usually a little cheaper than the competition from the supermarket.

In our next practical tip you can read how you can recognize milk from species-appropriate husbandry.