All of these terms are super confusing and misleading if you do not have time to do your research. Eggs are eaten by millions of people everyday, they are a staple to so many families and businesses. They provide us with about 6 grams of protein in one egg and have are a great source of vitamin A and D. I asked myself, how does the Canadian Food Inspection Agency define and regulate these terms?
Free Range Chicken Eggs
From all the research I have done, the word "free range" is unfortunately unregulated in Canada. To most people when you here the word "free range" you automatically think they are roaming around outside free as a bird, but because the word is unregulated farmer's can basically make up their own definition of "free range". The only good thing about this is that they are not in cages and maybe they are able to go outside occasionally. There can still be a huge amount of chickens in one little coup, have their beaks cut off and be fed animal by-product.
Here is another great article that can increase your knowledge http://www.vancouvernutritionist.com/blog/free-range-eggs-real-definition/
Free Run Chicken Eggs
Again the word is unregulated in Canada, I think the only thing it means is that they are not in cages, they could just live in a big barn with millions of other chickens and never see the outside.
Organic Chicken Eggs
These wonderful and delicious eggs are what I recommend. The term "Organic" is regulated from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The organic term believes in providing the chickens with a comfortable, cage free living environment with a certain amount of chicken per foot. They must be fed organic feed and cannot receive any antibiotics unless the bird is suffering. Organic farmers must treat sick animals with antibiotics if there is no other choice, if so, the bird must be confined and not sold as organic. I have a great client that has chickens on her land and she gives me the most delicious organic eggs ever, but when I can not get the delicious eggs from her, I purchase my eggs from Sunworks Farm in Alberta.
Do yourself a favor, find a local organic chicken farm and talk to the farmer to see how they treat their little chickens, what they feed them and how you can help spread the word.
Here are a couple of great links that will help you understand the rule sand regulations of "Organic" in Canada.