Consumers will happily pay a premium for free-range eggs in the belief that they meet ethical standards. In fact, we've found consumers are paying almost twice as much for free-range eggs as they would for cage eggs. 

But there's no guarantee you're getting what you pay for, as our report into the free-range egg industry found. We found around 213 million of the free-range eggs on the market are produced in facilities with stocking densities higher than the Model Code of Practice.

Join our free-range egg campaign to demand a standard that meets your expectations.

Our guide is based on self-declarations of maximum outdoor stocking density, provided to us either directly by the egg producers or via claims on their packaging and advertising material. Our interpretation of the CSIRO Model Code is that 'free range' means that egg producers have a maximum outdoor stocking density of 1500 birds per hectare, but we acknowledge that this is just one element of a range of factors that best represent consumers' expectations of genuine free range. Our assessment of egg producers is based on our interpretation of the Model Code.

Cracking the Code

For eggs to be labelled free range, the Model Code of Practice says there should be a maximum of 1500 hens per hectare. But many commonly available "free range" brands do not adhere to this, with some brands keeping as many as 10,000 chooks per hectare.

"Many consumers are paying extra assuming hens are staying in the equivalent of a comfortable bed and breakfast, but instead they're stuck in a crowded backpacker hostel," CHOICE director of campaigns and communications Matt Levey says. 

With 65% of Australians opting to buy free-range eggs in the past twelve months, it's becoming the fastest growing egg sector. But the labelling debacle has created uncertainty for consumers who wish to purchase genuine free-range eggs.

So which free range brands stack up? We managed to find the stocking densities of 35 of the free-range egg brands on the market. However, not all free-range egg brands on the market make their stocking densities available.

Free-range egg brands that meet the Model Code
Brand Average price per 100g Stocking density per hectare State
Hoods Earth Eggs  $1.14 14 SA 
Gimlet Grove Pastured Eggs TBC 7 WA
Real Eggs  TBC  10 Vic
Greg's Eggs Pastured Free Range  $1.07  16  Vic 
Farmer Browns Pastured Eggs  $1.36  17 NSW 
Huon Farms Free Range Eggs $1.14 22 Vic
IdleWilde Farm Free Range Eggs  $0.82  24 NSW 
Adelaide Hills Pastured Eggs  $1.00 30 SA
Brigadoon Harvest Pastured Eggs  $1.20 35 NSW
Holbrook Paddock Free Range Eggs  $1.43 40 NSW
Kiss and Run Open Range Farm Eggs $1.00 45 VIC
Hens and Kisses Open Range Farm $1.00  45 VIC
Cackleberries by Lashbrook Farm  $0.63 50 NSW 
Payneham Vale Organics Free Range Eggs  TBC 54 WA
Bullfrog Gully Biodynamic Free Range Eggs  $1.71  70 Vic
Grassy's Grass Fed Free Range Eggs $1.07 94 NSW
Cackleberries Biodynamic Free Range Eggs  $1.14  100  WA
Elly's Eggs  TBC  100 SA
Kelvin Falls Pastured Eggs  $1.00  100 Qld
Golden Yolk Eggs  $0.71  129  Vic 
Willow Zen Pastured Free Range  $1.21  130 Vic
 Leham's Layes Free Range Eggs $1.00  124 Qld
Katham Springs Bio-dynamic Free Range  $1.30  150  SA 
Swampy's Free Range Organic  TBC  150 Vic
Tharwa ACT Free Range Eggs $1.00 150 ACT 
Possum Creek Open Range Eggs  TBC  165 NSW, Qld
Little Yarra Free Range Eggs  $1.14  180 Vic
Little Creek Farm  $1.14 182 WA
Long Paddock Eggs $1.00 185 NSW 
Gunning Bum Nuts Free Range Eggs  $0.87  200 NSW 
Wanda Eggs Pastured $1.14 225  
Coastal Harvest Free Range Eggs  $0.85 250  Qld
Majura Valley Free Range Eggs  $0.84  250  ACT 
Windellama Organics Free Range Eggs  $1.43  250 NSW
The Good Grocer Collection Pastured eggs $1.10 267 WA
Bundy Bum Nuts Free Range Eggs  $1.00 300 Qld
Egganic Free Range Eggs  $1.38  300 NSW 
Josh's Rainbow Eggs  $0.94 300 Vic
Glorious Googies  $1.00 300 Vic
Mulloon Creek Biodynamic Free Range $1.50 350 Nationwide 
Roseberry Creek Free Range Eggs  $1.00  350 Qld
400 Acres Organic Paddock Eggs  $1.21 500  Vic
Bass Coast Farm  $1.28 500 Vic
Echo Valley Pastured Eggs  $1.14  500 Qld
Fig Tree Farm Eggs  $0.99  500 Qld
Forge Creek Free Range Eggs  $0.83  500 Vic
Laterite Ridge Free Range Eggs  $1.00 500 WA
Madelaine's Eggs  $1.42  500 VIC
Mungalli Creek Free Range eggs  $1.33 500 Qld
Silverdale Free Range Eggs  $0.99 500 Qld
Kulin Kluckers Free Range Eggs TBC
555 WA
McGwerriton Organic Free Range Eggs  $1.14  600 SA
Open Farm Paddock Fresh Eggs $1.21 600  NSW
Organigrow Free Range Eggs  $1.14  600 NSW, Qld 
The Old Farm Happy Valley  $1.84 700 Vic
Alumuna Farm Free Range  $1.12 750 Vic
Annie's Free Range Eggs  TBC 750 Vic 
Bracken View Free Range Eggs  $1.13  750 Nationwide
Family Homestead Free-Range Eggs $1.29 750 Vic 
Freeranger Eggs  $1.14 750 Vic 
Kossies Free Range Eggs  $0.93  750 Vic 
Moore Brown Free Range Eggs  1.07 750 Vic
Buckleberry Farm Free Range Eggs  $1.00  759 Vic 
Southern Highlands Organic Free Range $1.28  800  NSW 
Katie Joy Free Range Eggs  $0.88 900 WA
Clarendon Farms Free Range Eggs  $1.36 1000 NSW 
Delucas Wollemi Free Range   TBC  1000 NSW
Inman Valley Free Range Eggs  TBC 1000 SA 
Macro Organic Free-Range Eggs $1.66 1000 Nationwide 
Manavi Farm Free Range Eggs  TBC 1000 SA
Mt Roland Free Range Eggs $0.93  1000  Tas
Fleurieu Free Range Eggs  $1.14  1200 SA 
River Gum Eggs Free Range  TBC 1230 NSW
Parry Farms Free Range Eggs  TBC  1000 Qld
Pope's Free Range Eggs  $0.77  1250 NSW
Vegetarian Free Range Eggs  TBC 1250 NSW
Country CRF Organic Free Range $1.26 1500 Qld
Down on the Farm $0.93  1500 Vic
Ellerslie Farm Organic Free Range Eggs  $1.20 1500 Nationwide
Fraser Coast Organic Free-Range Eggs $1.31 1500 Qld
Happy Valley Free Range - Prime Organics $1.25  1500  WA 
Harvey Free Range Eggs  $0.86  1500 WA
Kalbarri Free Range Eggs $1.00 1500 WA
Kangaroo Island Free-Range Eggs $1.20 1500 SA
Kenilworth Free Range Farm  $1.23  1500 QLD
McLean Run Free Range $1.02 1500 Nationwide
Modra's Kangaroo Island Free-Range Eggs $0.93 1500 SA
Mountain Range Eggs  TBC  1500 QLD
Murphy's Crossing Free Range Eggs  $0.62 1500 SA
Nature's Free Range Eggs  $1.00  1500 Nationwide
Nomadic Pastured Chook Eggs $1.23  1500 Qld
Organic Egg Farmers Organic Free Range $1.44  1500 Nationwide 
Ovaston Organics Free Range Eggs  $1.28  1500 Qld
Peepers Cheepers Pastured Free Range Eggs
$0.79 1500 Qld 
Rohde's Clare Valley Free-Range Eggs $0.77 1500 SA 
Sunny Queen Free Range $0.99 1500 Nationwide 
Sunny Queen Organic Free Range $1.29 1500 Nationwide 
Swan Valley Free Range Eggs  TBC 1500 WA
Wild Hen Farm $1.43 1500 Vic

Free-range egg brands that don't meet the Model Code
Brand Average price per 100g Stocking density per hectare State
Country Pride Natural Free-Range Eggs $0.86 1800 Vic 
Eggceptional Free Range Eggs  $1.22  1800 Vic
Green Eggs  $1.07  2400 Vic
Barn House poultry free range eggs $0.86 2228 NSW
Margaret River Free Range Eggs  $1.00 2500 WA
Nixons Free Range Eggs $0.86 2500 NSW
Pace Farm Eco Organic Free Range $1.83 2500 Nationwide 
Pirovic Organic Free-Range Eggs $1.73 2500 Nationwide 
Olsons Free Range Eggs  $0.71 3000 Tas
Keans Free Range Eggs $0.69  3700 Vic
Loddon Valley Free Range Eggs  $0.93  5000 Nationwide
Goldfields Free Range Eggs  $0.92 5500 Vic
Valley Park Farm Free-Range Eggs $0.95 5500 Vic
Bickley Valley Free Range $0.86 8333 WA
Aldi Lodge Farm Free-Range Eggs $0.62 10,000 NSW, Vic, Qld
Coles Free-Range Eggs $0.74 10,000 Nationwide 
Country Fresh Free Range $0.71 10,000 SA
Day's Eggs  $1.04 10,000 SA
Eco Eggs $1.37 10,000 Nationwide 
Essential Foods Free Range Eggs  $1.36  10,000  NSW 
Family Value Free Range Eggs  $0.89  10,000  Nationwide
Farm Pride Free Range Eggs $0.93 10,000 Nationwide 
Farm Fresh Simply Free Range Eggs  TBC 10,000 SA
Field Fresh Free Range Eggs $0.92  10,000 NSW
Foodland Free-Range Eggs $0.61 10,000 SA 
Golden Eggs WA Free Range $1.00 10,000 WA 
Hens Fed Multi Grain Free Range Eggs  TBC  10,000 NSW
MMM Free Range Eggs $0.71 10,000 WA
Manning Valley Free-Range Eggs $0.94 10,000 Nationwide 
Meggles Farm Free-Range Eggs $0.43 10,000 Nationwide
Misty Mountain Free Range Eggs  $0.83 10,000 Vic
Nature's Best Free Range Eggs  $0.80 10,000 NSW
Otway Free Range Eggs $0.79 10,000 Vic
Pace Farm Free-Range Eggs $0.96 10,000 Nationwide 
Pace Omega 3 Free-Range Eggs $1.00 10,000 Nationwide
Pioneer Free Range Eggs $0.98 10,000  WA 
Pirovic Free Range Eggs
$1.16 10,000 Nationwide
Port Stephens Free Range  $0.86  10,000 NSW
South Gippsland Eggs Free-Range $0.84 10,000 Vic
Tassie Devil Free Range Eggs  $0.90 10,000 Tas
Valley Brook Free Range Eggs  $1.03 10,000 Tas
Veggs for Family Free Range  $0.92  10,000 Nationwide
Woolworths Select Free-Range Eggs $0.71 10,000 Nationwide

Free-range egg brands that haven't made their stocking densities available to us or do not want their stocking density information displayed
Brand Average price per 100g State  Contact 
Darbalara Farm Free Range Eggs $0.84 ACT  Email producer to ask for stocking density 
Flanno's Free Range Eggs  TBC  NT Details couldn't be found
Goldenholm Free Range Eggs $1.18 NSW  Details couldn't be found
Gourmet Breakfast Free Range Eggs  $0.72 SA Has requested CHOICE not list their stocking density
Hens on the Range Free Range Eggs  $0.77 SA Has requested CHOICE not list their stocking density 
IGA Signature $0.75 Nationwide Email producer to ask for stocking density
Just Free Range $0.86 NSW Details couldn't be found
Libreri Farm MultiGrain Free Range  $0.91 NSW  Email producer to ask for stocking density
McLaren Vale Free Range Eggs  $0.83 SA Details couldn't be found
Nature's Best Free Range Eggs  $0.80  NSW Email producer to ask for stocking density
Out and About Free Range Eggs $0.86 NSW Details couldn't be found
Stockman's Free Range Eggs  $1.00  Qld Email producer to ask for stocking density
Casaccio Egg Farm Free Range Eggs $0.81 Vic  
Richie's Community Benefit Farm Fresh Free Range Eggs 
$0.75 NSW, Vic,QLD   
Aginbrooks Free Range Eggs $0.81 Vic  
Flanno's Free Range Eggs   NT  
Stockmans's Free Range Eggs $1.00 QLD   
Sunrise Free Range Eggs $0.85 Vic   

Free-range egg brands that are currently being investigated by the ACCC
Brand Parent company State  
Eggs by Ellah Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd WA  More information here (ACCC site)
Lovingly Hand Packed Free Range Eggs
Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd
WA  More information here (ACCC site)
Wannerroo Free Range Eggs
Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd
WA More information here (ACCC site)
Swan Valley Free Range Eggs Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd    
Good Farmer Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd    
Mega Free Range Eggs Snowdale Holdinhd Pty Ltd    


Free-range egg brands that have been fined by the Federal Court for false and misleading free range egg claims
Brand Parent company Fine Date   
Drakes Home Brand Free Range
Darling Downs $250,000 Sept, 2015 More information here (ACCC site) 
Ecoeggs Free Range Egg Farms $300,000 April, 2016  More information here (ACCC site)
Field Fresh Free Range Eggs Free Range Egg Farms $300,000
April, 2016  More information here (ACCC site)
Mountain Range Eggs  Darling Downs $250,000 Sept, 2015  More information here (ACCC site)
Pirovic Free Range Eggs  Pirovic Enterprises Pty Ltd
$300,000 Sept, 2014 More information here (ACCC site)
Port Stephens Free Range Eggs Free Range Egg Farms $300,000  April, 2016  More information here (ACCC site)

Join our campaign to get a national standard on free-range eggs.

Are there brands that aren't on one of these lists that you'd like us to include? Email us at campaigns@choice.com.au with a picture, the name, price and weight!