Stress free vs store bought?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by squiqwe, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. squiqwe

    squiqwe Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    I read so much about free range, organic etc. but what about stress free eggs? I found very little online about the subject. I have to believe the benefit of eating eggs from stress free chickens are better. Am I right ?
  2. equine623

    equine623 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    NE PA
    Not trying to be sarcastic....but how does one determine that a chicken is stress free? I don't think its possible to either determine that or to produce an environment where there is never, at any time, in any way, stress. To some extent, stress is a good thing, its a natural part of every living thing's life - its only when the stress is at too high of a level that it becomes a problem. If a chicken is truly "stressed" then chances are it won't be laying by that theory aren't all eggs from stress free or low stress chickens?

    Sounds like a desperate marketing ploy, IMO.
  3. chickaddict

    chickaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    my girls free-range but I don't consider them stress free. I can't own a rooster by zoning laws.

    The girls are probably always stressing about stray cats - hawks - raccoons.

    At least once a day I go bolting into the backyard - when they all start cackling at once I know something is after them and I go running. I haven't lost one since May so I must be an OK house rooster.

    They are spoiled rotton but they are NOT stress free.
  4. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    Define "stress free".
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Maybe they are all given Xanax? [​IMG]
  6. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    Not sure why everyone has to be so particular but this thread does say verses store bought and we all know how those hens are treated right? I think that is much more stressful then eggs that come from being raised at someones home. I think that is the differences they are talking about.

    Commercial eggs verses eggs raised by a private individual at home.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  7. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
  8. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    From my personal experience child birth is ALWAYS stressful...

    So I'ma second 33's line... only totally stress free bird is one that's already dead, they also happen to be quite tasty.
  9. equine623

    equine623 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    NE PA
    Quote:Sure, eggs raised by a private individual who takes proper care of his/her flock, they are probably better. Or eggs from a small farm, again with proper care, feeding, etc. Those are probably better. Because of the freshness, the dietary advantages of allowing the omnivorous chicken to have actual animal protein, plus or minus free ranging to again provide a healthier, more natural diet. But stress? Again, not trying to be sarcastic but it isn't like hens that provide store bought eggs get letters from free ranging cousins and then yearn for their freedom and produce inferior eggs. There are many, many reasons why home grown eggs are better....but IMO stress isn't one of them.
  10. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    Id be stressed living in a 2x2x2 cubical day in and out with several birds per cage.....never get fresh air, daylight, move around etc.

    They may not get letters but may not be happy necessarily either like I said I would not think so giving the conditions I have seen them in.....who says that the other birds they are with make them feel wonderful everyday, maybe they fight all the time or get picked on and no way out or a break just the way it is yeah maybe they don't know any different but how do you know they are not stressed out more then a bird at one of houses.....I am sure if bad enough to be noticed they would move them but still does not mean they are happy or stress free. Same with being raised privately there can be stressful situations but I think it can be a little more customized to the birds, wants, needs, likes, and see better what is going on, and offer better options.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010

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