Difference between free range and organic chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lemoniee, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. lemoniee

    lemoniee Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    Me and my OH were wondering what the difference between a free range chicken and organic chicken that are egg layers? our chickens have a bark chipped area that they can scrat around in and get to go for a wander on the lawn too when we are around there for an hour at a time. Thanks
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Organic simply means that the birds are fed organic feed. Free range should mean that the birds have room to act like chickens!
     
  3. fadetopurple

    fadetopurple Out Of The Brooder

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    Organic = all organic feed, no medicated chick starter, and no antibiotics.

    Free range = room to roam. Not sure if they actually have to be "free range" or if it can just mean they have a large pen.

    In theory, you can have certified organic chickens kept in battery conditions, and you can have non-organic free range chickens.
     

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