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Old 05-19-2006, 11:17 AM   #11
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Michael didn't say anything about EATING the free range birds. Consider the poor farm hands that have to gather and process them

BUT the subject is eating eggs--and there is no bird flu in the US. This is one way that erroneous information gets disseminated--"You know, I read on the internet the other day that US free range chickens transmit bird flu". That is the reason I said it was misleading. We do not have bird flu. So the "poor farm hands" are also not at risk.
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:19 AM   #12
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. BTW I am not sure why people assumed these are free range. I don't see any claims like that on it's box.
They sell cage-free eggs as well as non. AT least in my store they do. Next time I am going to see how much the cage-free eggs are. Their non cage-free eggs are about 3.29 a dozen
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:20 AM   #13
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i have tried them, but haven't found any appreciable difference with other eggs.

in fact, my family doesn't seem to like them, so it's an easy decision for me.

the last few times i've bought free range eggs, which were also labelled organic, several had little blood spots in them. after everyone stopped freaking out, i promised not to buy them again.

oh, and just to help be a little more clear, you don't get bird flu from eating any kind of chickens or eggs. it has mostly been contracted from direct contact with domesticated fowl. the worry is that it will mutate to become severely infectious, human to human. i'm not sure if it would then be by contact, or is airborne, but it has nothing to do with eating chickens or eggs.
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:34 AM   #14
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Hi Jennyema yes I pay about that much at SAMS for the 18 count. I did not know they had a cage free version. I am sure SAMS does not carry that one.

Buckytom yes the blood spots in those organic eggs. They did turn me off as well and it was in about 1/2 of my egg yolks and that's when I switched back to Egglands.
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:56 AM   #15
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All righty--a topic I know something about. I was a poultry inspector for USDA for a mercifully brief period of time, and learned quite a bit about egg and poultry production. Now, I have my own chickens, so the learning continues.

Eggland eggs have less cholesterol because of what the chickens eat. They are also graded to a slightly higher standard than regular grade a eggs--especially in regard to blood and meat spots.

A certain percentage of all eggs have blood or "meat" spots in them. The blood and the bits of flesh that make the meat spots come from injuries in the bird's oviduct--the reproductive system. These spots might gross you out, but they certainly won't hurt you. And they are not indications that the egg is fertilized--commercial hens never see a rooster.

Commercial eggs are candled over a bright light that illuminates the inside of the egg, making blood or meat spots visible. Either electronically or by human hands, those are are pulled and either sold as a lower grade or broken and sold as liquid eggs to bakeries and other food production places.

You are more likely to see bloodspots in brown eggs, because the shell color makes the eggs harder to candle.

If you buy farm eggs, they may or may not be candled, so you have a higher instance of blood spots than you do in commercial eggs.

"Cage Free" and, in general, "Free Range" are advertising terms. Cage free hens are raised in conditions almost as crowded as battery hens--thousands in long metal buildings. Instead of being in individual cages, they are loose on the floor.

The only requirement for "Free Range" chickens is that the building they are kept in has to have a door to the outside, which is only opened after the chickens are 4 or 5 weeks old (small chickens have to be kept warm.)

Because the chickens are crowded together, only the ones closest to the door can go out--out to a small, probably feces covered cement area. The chickens are slaughtered at 8 weeks of age, so by the time they get used to finding the door, they only have a few weeks in which to go outdoors anyhow.

Pasture raised is a bit different--there, chickens are kept on grass, in portable cages that are moved around, so they can eat grass and bugs. THAT makes a difference in how eggs and chicken meat taste.

I wouldn't pay extra for free range commercial chickens or for cage free eggs. As I said, they are marketing terms, designed to get you to pay more money.
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Old 05-19-2006, 12:09 PM   #16
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Thanks for the good info.
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so, you're saying (in a future life) try to get a seat by the door...
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Old 05-19-2006, 12:48 PM   #18
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Has anybody tried those Omega 3 eggs.. says they are a source of Omega-3 fatty acids.. and that no antibiotics or medication is in the feed. I have been buying them lately.
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so, you're saying (in a future life) try to get a seat by the door...

Only if you're eager to walk on a, "feces covered cement area..."
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Old 05-19-2006, 12:51 PM   #20
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hey, the poop is always greener...
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