Left to their own devices, chickens prefer to hang out in lush, green pastures rather than cramped, steel cages (these are from Skagit River Ranch of Washington).
GEORGE & EIKO VOJKOVICH
Rancho Cappuccino; Lawrence, Kan.
These happy hens at Misty Meadows Farm in Washington produce eggs with quadruple the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids of conventional eggs!
MELISSA MOELLER/MILLER MEADOWS FARM
Ise-America; Galena, Maryland
COMPASSION OVER KILLING
Eggs from Harmony Hill in Virginia have six times more beta carotene than supermarket eggs.
Pick pastured eggs to support local farms, such as Springfield Farm in Maryland, where the eggs have less than half the cholesterol of commercially raised eggs.
DAVID SMITH/SPRINGFIELD FARM
When hens are allowed to roam and forage for their natural diet, they produce superior eggs.
WILLIAM D. ADAMS
Eggs from Spring Mountain Farms in Pennsylvania have 51/2 times the vitamin E of conventional eggs.
BILL MORETON/SPRING MOUNTAIN FARMS