Frequently asked questions

Free Run Eggs

What are Free Run eggs?

Free Run refers to the lifestyle of the bird. All of the hens that produce the eggs we sell are kept according to the Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Poultry that was developed in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Considerable research was done to determine how best to house layer hens to provide them with proper care and to maximize egg production. This housing offers hens’ good nutrition and a constant supply of water. These birds are protected from predators, so their stress level is reduced. They also produce very clean eggs, again reducing the risk of any kind of bacterial contamination. Because the birds are housed inside they have limited access to avian diseases and therefore have few disease problems, reducing the use of medications and antibiotics in the egg production industry to virtually zero on most farms.

Free Run offers the bird more space than traditional forms of housing for layer hens. In doing so, we at Island Eggs have not sacrificed food safety, a major concern, in any way because most of these eggs are laid in nests, not on the ground. As you likely know, the shell is very porous and bacteria can get into the eggs if they are not kept under sanitary conditions. To view our Animal Welfare Policy please click here.

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What's the difference between Free Run and Free Range?

Free Range means that the chickens have outdoor access, in addition to space for nesting and perching. Free Run means that they have space for nesting and perching, but they cannot go outside. Since the leghorn is a tropical bird and would only be able to go outdoors a few months of the year in most Canadian provinces, Free Run housing is the predominant alternative format of hen housing, with the exception of some parts of southern British Columbia.

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