More Than Cage Free
NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs go far beyond your regular cage free or free range eggs. They have all of the fun of cage free birds—free to perch, nest and dustbath in the barn—and they also have huge pastures where they can forage in the grass, breathe fresh air and enjoy the sunlight.
Each of our Pasture Raised hens enjoys at least 108 square feet of pasture, which means they have ample space to enjoy all the perks of being outdoors. Produced without harmful chemicals, added hormones, or animal by-products on family farms, NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs come from hens that live an even more natural way of life.
We believe that family farming with a focus on animal welfare and environmental stewardship is good for the hens, the land, and you.
NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs come from farms that are run by families who care about the animals and land under their care. NestFresh is proud of all of our farms and we love sharing their stories with you. We invite you to look through some photos from these very special farms and learn about how they produce the pasture raised eggs that you love.
NestFresh Pasture Raised Egg Standards
All of our Pasture Raised Eggs, which are available in Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Soy Free varieties, are Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care. Their high standards for pasture raising hens include shade, rotational pasturing, and vegetation. They inspect, audit, and certify our farms to ensure that we are following all of their standards and producing truly pasture raised eggs.
Visit Certified Humane for their full standards and more about the Certified Humane program.
The farms that produce NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs are committed to sustainability, animal welfare, and traditional farming methods. They do not use any chemicals on the pasture to ensure the health of the land, their animals, and their families.
On these small family farms, many of the farm chores are done by hand and shared by the whole family. Throughout the day different family members check on the hens, providing food and water and gathering the eggs.
The farmers open the large barn doors in the early morning to allow the birds to scratch and forage in the grass beginning at sunrise. They are able to enjoy the pasture all day until the sun begins to set. The doors are closed for the night to keep the birds safe and allow them to sleep.
Farmers provide shade, dustbathing areas, and water to the birds on the pasture to encourage them to spend time outside.
While the farmers encourage the hens to enjoy the pasture, they also ensure that the hens are comfortable within the barns. Perches, nestboxes, and woodchips for dustbathing encourage the hens’ natural behaviors.
Both our hens and our farmers are early birds. The farmers light lanterns in the barns before sunrise every morning to awaken the birds and encourage them to begin eating, drinking, and laying eggs for the day.
Some of our farms lack electricity and refrigeration, but the quality and safety of the eggs is still a top priority. These farmers refrigerate eggs under 45 degrees with ice and insulation.
The hens lay their eggs in nests filled with straw and sawdust for their comfort and to mimic their natural environment.
On small farms, the entire family helps care for the birds. This boy is offering the hens treats to encourage them to move around the pasture to the best areas for foraging.