Please Buy Certified HUMANE

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Here’s MY list when buying eggs, in no particular order: Happy Eggs, Pete & Gerry’s, Vital Eggs, Handsome Brook Farm, NestFresh. There are some labels that you should ‘NOT’ trust and some labels you can. I hope I just made it a little easier for you. When my chickens aren’t laying due to weather these are the ones I buy. I care deeply for animals and I make a statement to evil factory farms by WHICH eggs I buy and by which eggs I DON’T buy.

Factory Farming Awareness

If you would like to know more about factory farming without the gore, check out this video in cartoon form. Please be part of the solution to factory farming. Please eat conscientiously. What a blessing to both your health and animals lives by doing so.

Eyes Are Opening

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There are more people than just me looking into the eyes of precious hens such as this one! I’ve been reading about company after company phasing out keeping egg laying hens in tight cramped cages! Companies like Panera Bread, Burger King, Food Lion, McDonalds, and on and on. They are and will be switching to cage free eggs within the next few years.

Note that cage free and free roaming is not what you’re imaging, but it’s at least a STEP in the right direction:

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If you’d like to buy eggs from a great company that cares about the happiness of their chickens, please check out The Happy Egg Company! They are one of the very few endorsed by The American Humane Association and has strict standards. Click on the link below to find out more:

The Happy Egg Company

The Happy Egg Company Website

The Bird We Call Chicken

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Who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It has eyes, nose holes, feet, ears and more! I happen to have chickens and have seen their ears. Right behind their eyes there are tiny feathers that when pulled back slightly reveal a ‘hole’! So their ears are protected by God-given ear muffs! Unlike hairy animals it has feathers. It’s different. But different doesn’t mean ‘less’ than other animals. Just as people are different from one another..not ‘less’ than one another. There is too much looking down on or fear of what is different.

Notice the photo of the mother hen and her babies. I’ve had hens that hatched baby chicks and the photo is very precise. When I try to pick up a chick, the babies see my hand reaching and they run to the safety of their mother and peek out. The mother clucks as well for the babies to return to her. You’ll notice under her left wing a chick. You can only see the feet. The baby is probably extra scared. Only the inquisitive ones peek out though they are still frightened.

Chickens who are commercially raised for eggs and for people to eat live a life of misery. Usually never seeing grass. Always in a cage their entire life and then to be killed. So first misery, then frightened as they are being killed or perhaps watching others being killed. Remember the photo? They do feel scared and they do love. As noted above: who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It should be no easier to eat a chicken than it does to eat a cow. And actually it shouldn’t be easy to eat any animal. Unfortunately, eating animals has been taught from generation to generation, but we can now stop the cycle, as individuals.

As far as buying ‘free range’ eggs. Take a look at free range:

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For buying eggs try to find a local farm who lets their chickens roam free on plenty of grass. Or look into a local co-op or health food store and find out about where they get their eggs. I like The Happy Egg Company. Look them up on Youtube. If you eat eggs, that is the company I recommend at the moment. They cost more, but my peace of mind is worth the price. Also consider that cutting down on eating eggs and chickens can save many of their lives. That’s because the more we eat them, the more that end up in miserable conditions I’ve mentioned above. It just takes a little educating ourselves about these issues. Look into different types of Vegetarians and look into Vegan as well.  If you can work toward any of them then it’s a kind thing to do for animals and yourself as well. Kind Food, Kind You.