Frequenty Asked Questions

At Born Free we are dedicated to the welfare of our hens and to bringing you wholesome farm fresh eggs that are the very best in taste & quality.

What does Cage Free mean?

Born Free Cage Free eggs are supplied from hens that are allowed to move freely within their house either on a combination of litter and slat flooring or in an aviary structure. In both of the housing systems, feed and water are provided continuously. Nests are provided for the flock from which eggs are collected either manually or on a mechanical belt.

What does Organic mean?

Born Free Organic eggs are derived from hens reared, housed, and fed in compliance with the regulations of the National Organic Program administered by the USDA. This requires strict adherence to rules concerning the source and type of ingredients in diets, housing, freedom from exposure to pesticides, as well as exclusion of chemicals or substances that are not approved. Hens producing eggs under the National Organic Program are allowed free access to the entire area of their houses and have access to the outside, subject to acceptable weather conditions and low risk of disease exposure.

As leaders in farming practices focused on humane animal care, Born Free is proud to bring you cage free, organic, and free range eggs!

What does Pasture Raised mean?

Born Free Pasture Raised hens have a housing system that provides a more expansive outdoor area that is at least equivalent in size to the indoor space, and often considerably larger. The hens will be able to forage for plants, as seasonally available.

What does Free Range mean?

Born Free Free Range hens are free to roam in spacious barns, and they have access to the outdoors.  The outdoor access can vary from outdoor runs that are covered with a roof to more extensive fenced pasture area with no roof overhead.

Are Born Free eggs kosher?

Yes. The Orthodox Union, the largest kosher certification organization in the world, certifies Born Free as kosher. Each Born Free carton carries the symbol to clearly identify it as kosher. For Kosher information, see

Where can I buy Born Free eggs?

You can find Born Free eggs in the egg section of dairy cases in select grocery stores across the country. If you are unable to find Born Free eggs at your local store, ask your dairy manager, and then please e-mail us at so we can work together to bring Born Free eggs to your supermarket.

How often does a hen lay an egg?

The entire time from ovulation to laying is about 25 hours. About 30 minutes later, the hen will begin making another egg. A hen lays about 9 eggs in a 10-day period.

What is the difference between brown and white shelled eggs?

There are no nutritional or functional differences. Egg shell color is determined by the breed of hen and is not related to quality, nutrients, or flavor.

How long will eggs stay fresh?

Fresh shell eggs will remain good for 2-3 weeks after the “sell-by” or “best-before” date, if they are not cracked and have been refrigerated properly. They must be refrigerated as soon as possible after purchase from a refrigerated case. Hard-cooked eggs should be consumed within one week.

What is the best way to store eggs?

Store eggs in their carton to minimize absorption of refrigerator odors and reduce the risk of breakage.

Is it safe to eat raw eggs?

It's best not to serve raw or lightly-cooked dishes made with eggs. While the risk of salmonella poisoning from eggs is very low, precautionary steps should always be taken to heat eggs for recipes calling for raw or lightly cooked eggs.

Many recipes that require raw or undercooked eggs can be easily revised with a cooking step. Whole eggs, yolks, or whites can be combined with sugar, water or other liquid from the recipe and should be cooked over low heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon with a thin film or reaches 160° F.

What causes blood spots?

Small spots of blood (sometimes called "meat" spots) are occasionally found in an egg yolk. These do not indicate a fertile egg. They are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg. Most eggs with blood spots are removed during the grading process, but a few may escape detection. As an egg ages, water moves from the albumen into the yolk, diluting the blood spot. Thus a visible blood spot actually indicates a fresh egg. Such eggs are suitable for consumption. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish. Brown eggs commonly have specks of brown pigment floating in the egg white. These spots are not blood and are harmless to the consumer!

Do you give your hens hormones or antibiotics?

No, never! By FDA regulation no artificial product affecting growth may be administered to any food-producing animal or poultry in the United States. We also restrict antibiotic supplements in our hens’ feed and the administration of any antibiotics to our hens.

Where are Born Free eggs produced?

Born Free eggs are produced by approved, licensed producers on farms located throughout the United States and the eggs are distributed locally. Producers are selected for their ability to meet our quality standards.

What should I do if I am not satisfied with my Born Free product?

Any complaints regarding appearance, quality, taste, or any other abnormality should be reported to Best Eggs LLC by email at

Why do you put your eggs in plastic cartons?

Born Free’s plastic egg carton is 100% recyclable and is made entirely from 100% recycled materials. The plastic used is made from recycled soda bottles, so the cartons that now safely hold our eggs once packaged soft drinks. The Born Free PET plastic carton is labeled with the #1 recycling code, which denotes eligibility for recycling by municipal waste collection agencies. PET can be remanufactured to produce polyester fiber, which is used in carpets, insulating fleece for clothing, and containers.