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I couldn't imagine anyone not to.
I never buy cheap eggs, I can't eat meat anymore and I ALWAYS buy free range milk :)
I like the taste of caged eggs. Just a little more... restrained.
chicken no - it's too expensive. I think I'm going to be eating vegetarian food at uni.
When I did buy eggs, I bought the ones where the chickens get to run around in the woods because the mental image of such a thing was quite charming.
Even though it was probably a lie :(
as he found out that most of the time they're not even free range at all anyway, and he won't support a system that doesn't regulate properly.
This may only be back in Australia, I haven't looked into it properly here.
I tried to argue with him that even if only 30% are actually free range, it's supply and demand that will force the caged egg producers to shut down completely, but he's having none of it.
'free range' is a wooly term, and can mean a lot of things. The amount of time some chickens have to be outdoors to be considered free range is very minimal, and some aren't even outdoors at all, just not in cages. it's difficult to know unless you buy really locally.
I should look into this further.
you'll find that organically bred and farmed dairy animals have much better living conditions than free range animals.
I'm not that naive. But naive enough to be calmed too easily by those little words "free range" perhaps...
are still a hell of a lot better than battery farming. i agree it's still a long way from a perfect situation, but the alternative was just barbaric.
organic standards of living are higher than free range, folks! but more expensive :(
I know a bit about the egg industry and have been to both battery and free-range farms and I choose battery every time.
I could write an essay on the subject but won't.
Bascially, I don't think that free range conditions are much of an improvement on battery conditions to warrant the fuss. I have a lot of experience of chickens and whilst I concede that battery conditions are crampt, I also know that chickens prefer to be squashed up against each other, for warmth and safety reasons and will do so out of choice. If you visit free-range farms, you won't find many of the chickens outside.
Secondly, it is much easier to control disease under battery conditions - water and food intake is very closely monitored in battery farms and any change will indicate disease in a flock very quickly, and will pinpoint where the problem is. This allows the disease to be isolated and the sick can be culled without interfering with the rest. In a freerange or barn situation, the entire flock would be killed.
I would have my own chickens and get my eggs from them.
aren't able to stand up, let alone move. sure they like being close together, but being unable to use their muscles or move around at all seems like a distinction to me...
to increase the size of the cages which should make things better.
Also, chickens behave under a pecking order system - which is the wild would only be a dozen or so chickens. Can you imagine the chaos of hundreds of chickens all in one barn? A lot of pecking goes on.
chickens are wankers they should be locked up
i just think they should go back to where they come from. theres no homo in the union jack
The chicken's getting killed either way.
Might as well try and make it nice while you're around eh?
i really can't imagine how fuckheaded you'd have to be to actually think that a battery chicken, which is essentially a swelling ball of meat can be called miserable when it doesn't know any other life at all
i just can't empathise with a chicken. i'm a monster
you have a beautiful way with words, christopher.
hurry up and write that song :]
at the moment the farms where i can get nice meat, eggs, milk and veg from are closer than any supermarket.
they taste nice
waaaaaaah! But srsly folks, i'm not sure what the price gap is, how much more expensive are they?
'spensive eggs: £2 for 6?
i'm no expert, but that makes very little sense to me
we're being ethical
its generally a 300% price increase.
but no, i don;t give a shit about animal welfare anyway
Eggs is eggs.
I bought some caged eggs today. Free range most of the time though.
Interesting side-note - at my sainsbury's local, organic milk is actually cheaper than 'normal' milk (though they try to fool you by selling the normal milk in litre containers and the organic stuff in pint ones - both display the 'pence per litre' in small print, however).
but free range eggs with a big yolk are really a LOT tastier. not tastier enough for me to care tho
I have also given up buying chicken as I can't afford free range meat. In fact, I've basically given up buying meat, apart from the occasional really awesome steak.
But this was an experiment to see if the most inane thread title could garner 60+ replies. Alas, it does.
here's a question?
are you a tidy person or a messy person??????
Does that quench your curiousity?
you two go well together
like chocolate and cheese and onion crisps.
but which is which?!
DUM DUM DUUUUUUUM
If anyone complains about the price, but (for instance) drinks loads at pubs, that's lame. The difference between a free-range chicken and a battery one is:
1) the taste
2) the difference between having five pints at the pub and having four
You eat something, it becomes a part of you. So nothing's more important. Yet for so many, it's always the first thing that gets budgeted on when the pinch kicks in...
I refuse to buy battery eggs
but they just made my remote all yokey
and ones with the lion on them.
I don't buy eggs as often anymore because the price has gone up loads. From 95p for 6 medium eggs to about £1.30, in three years. That's more than a 10% increase per year.
Of course, large eggs are usually worth the extra cost. I was just using medium eggs by way of an example.
I'm on the chickens side