Apparently “cage free” is not what I thought it was. The Huffington Post reports out on cannibalism on the farm due to overcrowding — oh my! It seems that while these chickens are technically not bound to individual cages, the excessive crowding in open areas drives them to claustrophobic behavior resulting in immense fighting and yes, cannibalism.
As they say, we are what we eat and there are some egg brands out there that do ensure true humane environments for our chicken friends. Vital Farms is one of them and can be found in most grocery stores. Look beyond the “cage free” labels and start looking for better indicators like “pasture raised”.