Free-range is the name given to eggs produced by hens that have been raised outdoors, however, because of climate, most hens are not raised entirely in the open. For this reason, eggs may be called free-range if the hens have daily access to the outdoors, but may not actually spend that much time outdoors. The nutrient content is the same for free-range eggs as it is with eggs produced from confined hens. The cost of a free-range egg is higher because of additional costs encountered by free-range egg producers.

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