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Old 08-10-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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According to Consumer Reports:

"One of the most misleading labels is not on processed food. It's on chicken. To earn the "free range" label, producers can give chickens access to open air for as little as 5 minutes a day and still meet the requirement."

Chicken Safety: Consumer Reports Investigates
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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This does not seem like an appropriate topic for the Green Living forum.

Maybe Great Debates.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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This does not seem like an appropriate topic for the Green Living forum.

Maybe Great Debates.
What? Free range chickens aren't part of "green living"? On what planet?
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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What? Free range chickens aren't part of "green living"? On what planet?
They are about as valuable as cage free eggs.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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They are about as valuable as cage free eggs.
Doesn't really answer any question.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Doesn't really answer any question.
Ok serious answer I love CR and think most of organic, free range, cage free is overpriced hype marketed for higher profit margins.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Federal Way, WA
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The key is to stop buying based on labels and start researching the source of your foods online. We buy our eggs from a local shop that gets them from a farm nearby. The farm has information available about their farm and its practices. There are third party groups they are affiliated with that verify their claims about the square feet per chicken and conditions.
The biggest difference we've noticed is the eggs that come from the farm. You have to hit the shell much harder to crack it open, the sign of a healthy unstressed chicken laying it. Also, the texture and taste are much different than factory farm eggs.

How much an improvement the eggs are for health purposes I am not sure. But supporting a local farm that is open about their farming practices is worth the extra money to me. I want to see their business do well and paying a little more for a local family farm is worth the investment in our area to me.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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Default Free The Chickens





Keep your own!
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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Vergofa, your chickens look very healthy.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:41 AM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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We open the door to the chicken house when the first one of us gets home and they have two acres to run on. We just have to keep the occasional roaming dog/coyote/fox off of them and we do.
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