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Free-range eggs are a staple in our kitchens. Not only do they contain a wealth of essential nutrients and protein, but they also represent a commitment to ethical farming practices.
Containing just 74 calories each, eggs are brimming with essential nutrients and vitamins. With all nine essential amino acids, eggs are your one-stop shop for a well-rounded protein source. On top of that, they are a treasure trove of vital nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, D, E, and B12, antioxidants, and choline. (Australian Eggs).
When you choose free-range eggs, you're supporting more humane farming practices. Let’s take a look at what free range means, the differences between free-range and organic eggs, and how free-range egg farming in the UK is making a difference.
Choosing RSPCA Assured free-range eggs means supporting farms that provide hens with enrichment objects and comfortable environments.
You can find out more about the higher welfare standards of hens on RSPCA Assured farms.
Both free-range and organic eggs come from hens that enjoy unlimited daytime access to outdoor pastures. The difference is in their night nighttime living conditions and stocking density. Organic hens are kept in barns with no more than six hens per square metre, and the maximum flock size is 3,000.
Choosing free-range eggs means you're supporting a lifestyle for hens that includes daytime outdoor access, safe and spacious barns at night, and conditions that allow for natural behaviour. Hens in a free-range system have space to roost, with a maximum of nine hens per square metre of usable indoor space.
On RSPCA Assured farms, the welfare of free-range hens is a top priority. The maximum flock size is kept at 16,000 birds, and free-range hens are provided with ample litter to encourage natural behaviours. The litter covers at least one-third of the floor surface, ensuring each hen can roam and express its natural tendencies.
Are your free-range eggs still fresh? Here is a simple test to find out.
Place your egg in a bowl of room-temperature water.
Bad egg, throw it out
Safe to eat but on its way out
Still fresh and good to eat
Eggs sold in the UK come with specific stamps
indicating their production method:
0 = Organic
1 = Free-range
2 = Barn
3 = Caged
Bring culinary excitement to your meals with our free-range egg recipes. From eggs and soldiers as a breakfast treat to a spaghetti carbonara for dinner, these dishes put the quality and taste of free-range eggs in the spotlight.