We helped to transform a local farm here in South Florida into a fully organic chicken ranch for Amber Needham. And we continue to support its maintenance.
Along with organic eggs, my friend Amber also makes me and my staff organic kefir and yogurt. She delivers the yogurt and kefir in giant glass jars filled to the top… almost too good to be true.
The difference between caged chickens and organically fed, pastured chickens is like night and day.
Pastured is the “Rolls-Royce” of cage-free eggs. They have much higher nutrient levels and less chance of passing along disease.
Plus, they live in pastures rather than cages. And they have plenty of room to stand up, lie down, turn around, stretch out and flap their wings. They get exercise, natural sunlight and fresh air.
Amber’s chickens live on her small farm where they run around freely – instead of being cooped up in cages.
Each day, they are herded in small groups to fresh pastureland. At night, they go back to roost, where they’re protected from predators. They are given a clean environment and plenty of fresh greens to eat.
Conventional eggs come from factory-farmed chickens raised in cramped battery cages about ¾ of the size of a single sheet of notebook paper.
Not only do I find the idea of cramping hens together in the unnatural environment of battery cages to be an unnecessary form of extreme animal cruelty, these conventional eggs have a much lower level of nutrition.
I am proud to be part of Amber’s organic vision. Her hens are not subjected to antibiotics, hormones, pesticides or herbicides.
They live their lives in a natural, native environment. Their behavior remains instinctual. And they eat the way nature intended: fresh grass every day, plenty of insects and grubs.
Their diet is rich in vitamins and minerals, and their eggs are a natural source of protein.