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Confusion over birds

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Not sure if this is the right place, basically I'm strictly agaist battery farms so have avoided buying eggs here in CH since I came in 2010 ( my German is still not do good and I can't read the egg boxes ) on a recent trip to migros I decided to ask a member of staff who kindly informed me that battery farms were made illegal in Switzerland in the early 90s, so I decided to investigate the eggs, I picked a box with a pic of a loose bird on ( uncaged ) looked happy :-) also had word frei on the box and I happily went home to enjoy an egg butty

To my horror a dear Swiss friend explained to me a few days later that they do ave battery farms here in CH! What's the truth? I'm dead set absurd this and now I'm put of eggs
I'm not an animal rights protester but just agaist cruelty and I'm certainly not coo coo or bird brain just want to know what I'm eating and honestly think these birds deserve better
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Old 08.07.2012, 23:16
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Re: Confusion over birds

If you want really good 'farm' eggs then sometimes our forum member, grumpygrapefruit has some fresh ones from his farm at the cheese counter at the viadukt in Zurich. Not sure what sort of 'chicken hilton' he has, but I've seen some nice photos of the chooks running around on the hillside...

You can also try the farmers markets - we have one on Thursdays in Adliswil and sometimes the farmers have eggs there...

Or ask someone who keeps chickens...we definitely have a few locals in our neighbourhood who keep them in the garden...
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Re: Confusion over birds

Battery farming - caged hens, is illegal in Switzerland. Some are free-range, but others are kept in large barns with a much smaller number of birds per square metres- can't be compared with caged birds!
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Re: Confusion over birds

Battery farms are illegal in switzerland, can't imagine that they exist very easily here.
If egg packages have the word "freiland" on them, they are the really happy chicken. It means free range.
If they say "bodenhaltung" they are semi happy because they are indoor but still with proper floor and can move freely.

All meat and animal produce from switzerland should be okay and come from at least content animals.
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Re: Confusion over birds

In addition to GG's eggs, if you check around some of the local farms, you can sometimes find some that have eggs for sale in their "honor boxes" (generally unattended, pay for what you take) and you can see how their chickens live.
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Re: Confusion over birds

Well if your eggs said "Freiland" as your posting suggests, you ate a "happy" chicken's egg.
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Re: Confusion over birds

What the others said. If you want to buy your eggs in the migros, look for "Freiland" or "Bio".

If you really want to make sure, go to a "Reformhaus" and look for "KAG" eggs.
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Re: Confusion over birds

Aww thank you for that info, I'm really happy with this means I can shop I. Peace and will defo check out farmers markets
Just makes my blood boil how cruel the battery farms are and I only hope the UK will take a leaf out of Switzerlands book and sort this out

Many thanks to you all

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What the others said. If you want to buy your eggs in the migros, look for "Freiland" or "Bio".

If you really want to make sure, go to a "Reformhaus" and look for "KAG" eggs.
Even better, find a local farm, pop in to check the hens and their conditions, ask about feeds and antibiotics, etc - then buy from them if you are happy with the answers.
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Re: Confusion over birds

What others said, except re barn hens being happy. Happy is relative I guess and certainly a barn is more humane than a battery, but it'd still shock most people if they saw it. But you wouldnt see it even if the stench of the poo and dead birds wasnt enough to put you off (would be me, its nausiating smelling an 'industrial' chicken farm) ... Because the barns are dark. If you opened the doors and let natural light flood in you'd kill even more birds because they'd die of fright apparently.

Caveat I'm talking as a lad who grew up in the chicken farming heartland of UK and did work experience in an ancillary industry, but dont have direct experience of Swiss chicken farming.

I always buy freerange or organic ("bio").
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Re: Confusion over birds

Thank you for that I will steer clear of barn chicken eggs then, what a Shame wish things were different :-( still at least slightly better than uk though, wish they'd realize how cruel this is and change the laws or maybe lock these so called "farmers" in a cage together barely big enough to breath let alone move see how they feel !!! Heartless people it's 2012 now no excuse for extreme cruelty
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Re: Confusion over birds

I'm not really sure if you live in the middle of the city or more on the land... we buy our eggs any time day or night from our neighbour. You can see their hens pecking around happily during the day. Just make sure store bought eggs are actually from Switzerland... some stores sell eggs from the Netherlands or Germany or other countries. Switzerland has enough people owning hens, I don't see any reason to buy eggs from other countries
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