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What is the difference between Free Range and Free Run?


Free Run eggs are produced by hens that run free in an open concept barn that has a variety of nests and perches. They are not housed in cages. Free Range hens have the same freedoms and they also have access to roam outdoors.

Free Run eggs are produced by hens that run free in an open concept barn that has a variety of nests and perches. They are not housed in cages. They are able to socialize and move about the barn without restriction so they can express natural behaviours. They get plenty of exercise and enjoy excellent health and vitality because the environment is well maintained and kept free of contamination or harmful bacteria. And because eggs are porous, this clean environment contributes to production of healthy eggs as well.


Free Range hens are raised in the same type of barn environment as Free Run hens, and they also have access to roam outdoors. It is a lot more difficult to take  care of hens that roam outdoors because of the additional steps to eliminate the risk from bacteria, but there is a health benefit for the hens to be able to enjoy exposure to sunlight and fresh air. There is no significant nutritional difference in eggs produced by Free Range hens compared to eggs from Free Run hens.


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