What does “cage-free” really mean? ….All it means is that the hens aren’t kept in cages but they can still be cooped up in large industrial chicken houses with no room to walk around. And it definitely doesn’t mean they’re treated well.
What does “free-range” really mean? ….All it means is that they must have access to the outdoors even though that outside space doesn’t need to be very big.
But not all cage-free eggs come from hens confined to small quarters, nor are all free-range chickens cooped up. “The Story of an Egg” speaks to several farmers who raise chickens with plenty of space to roam free. And they don’t have particularly kind things to say about farmers who do otherwise.