Free-range eggs in Singapore

Edit (13/10/2015): I have updated this post with new information.

No, there are none. Well, that’s a bummer way to start a blog post I know. But I found out some time ago that our local chickens are not allowed to roam freely outside because of restrictions by the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). Free-range eggs are as essential to the paleo diet as grass-fed beef. Not only is it more humane to allow chickens to roam outside and live like chickens, free range eggs are also more nutritious. Chickens allowed to roam around get to feed on worms, grub and other creatures they dig out from the soil. Commercial chickens that are caged up eat only corn, soya or whatever commercial feed that is given to them.

Indeed, because there are no free range chickens in Singapore, we have to be wary of mislabeling. In Singapore and Malaysia, the word “kampong” conjures up images of happy chooks running around in the dirt surrounded by children scampering around barefoot playing with fighting spiders. However, “kampong eggs” are not the same as eggs laid by free-range chickens.

I have been buying this brand called Coral eggs (from Malaysia Kampong). The packaging also claims that the eggs are anti-drug residue and anti-colouring. They sell for $2.40 for 10 eggs and are available at NTUC Fairprice.

free range eggs singapore

I read that one good way to test if eggs are from free-range chickens was to look at the colour of the yolk. An insect-rich diet is supposed to cause the yolk to turn more orange than commercial eggs. As you can see from the photo below, the coral egg yolks are indeed a beautiful orange, which made me hopeful that the eggs came from chickens that were eating worms outdoors.

kampong eggs singapore

I contacted Khwan Hup Farming to ask if their chickens are free range. Their reply was:

“All our kampong eggs are battery caged. However, they are housed in less congested environment. They are fed with added-value feeds to give you a better yolk colour.” – Freddy Choo

Alas, how disappointing. It looks like the best alternative are the Freedom Range eggs, where the chicken live in spacious barns in Singapore. The chickens are managed by Chew’s farm according to Freedom Range Co’s specifications.

freedom range eggs

The eggs can be found at Fairprice Finest stores located around the island, including Bukit Timah, Upper Thomson, Marine Parade, Tampines and Somerset 111. For a full list of locations, click here. Alternatively, you can purchase them online here. A box of six eggs go for $3.90, which I think is a fair price to pay for ethical farming.

I will continue to update this page as I uncover more information and as egg suppliers reply my emails. Ultimately, I think that the best we can hope for in Singapore are chickens that roam free indoors because I suspect that AVA will not allow eggs from true free-range chickens to be sold here. Please leave your advice and suggestions in this post as I know we are all concerned about animal welfare!

43 thoughts on “Free-range eggs in Singapore”

  1. Hey great blog! Just wanted to let you know that they do sell free-range eggs in Singapore :). It took me ages to find but they have the free-range organic ones I used to buy back in London. Found them in most Cold Storage outlets in the Holland Village area.

    1. Hi do you know the name of the eggs? I think I’ve seen them sold in Fairprice Finest as well but I think they must be quite expensive since they have to be imported from halfway across the world! If only I can rear my own chickens in my apartment! πŸ™‚

  2. hey! I found free range eggs at Fair Price Finest. 6 eggs for 3 dollars, not too bad. They come in small packs of 6 and are called “Freedom Range Eggs.” Haven’t tried them yet but hoping the yolks are nice and orange πŸ™‚

    now to find organic/free range chicken….

    1. Hi Katherine, yes I’ve tried the freedom range eggs as well. They are quite costly. It’s something like six for $3. The chickens aren’t really free-range because they don’t get to wander outside. They get to walk around in a barn instead of being caged up so I guess that’s already a step up πŸ™‚ As for organic chickens, have you tried the Sakura chickens? They aren’t really organic but they are local chickens that are treated better than most battery ones apparently!

      http://wildsingaporenews.blogspot.sg/2010/07/raising-bar-for-poultry.html#.UohvkeKpwn4

      1. I will have to try the Sakura chickens! Thanks for the tip!

        Yes, they are a bit costly but I’m okay with spending a bit more on protein/meat when veggies are so affordable here.

        So happy that FP Finest sells Grassfed Beef though! Have you tried the new Paleo restaurant in Novena?

          1. Yeah the Freedom Range eggs are the ones I was talking about but good to know the info about them not being really free range! Will probably switch over to Sakura which is healthier for my wallet as well :P.

            Oh and here’s a link to info about the paleo restaurant: https://www.facebook.com/cavemanfood

            Have not checked it out myself but if you do before I get the opportunity, I look forward to reading your review! πŸ˜€

  3. Hey, I just stumbled on your blog from the link on vegsmoothiebunny’s blog. It’s so nice to find other Singaporeans who are actually interested in nutrition! I currently buy freedom range eggs, but will check out the coral eggs too πŸ™‚

    1. Great stuff! Agree that it’s nice to find another Singapore bloggers (especially the health and fitness ones – which I’m very interested in!). Looking forward to your comments and thoughts πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, free range does not mean the chickens eat worms and other natural food. It simply mean the chicken are not caged up side by side. It has nothing to do with the food given to the chickens.

    1. You are right! Of course ideally if the hens had access to the outdoors and vegetation (which is necessary at least in the UK for the eggs to be labelled free range), there’s a higher chance that they get to dig around for their natural food as compared to caged up hens.

  5. Hi I love your blog. I am a Singaporean living in NZ and works in the food industry. Singapore AVA bans free-range (or pasture raised) eggs and chickens, as they are worried of birds coming into contact with chickens so they want to avoid any bird-flu risk. In Singapore there are only 3 brands of eggs that are imported (all from New Zealand): Farmer Brown (caged), NZ organic eggs (they are by Farm Brown, so they are caged eggs but fed with organic feed, but it is not certified organic – so they can’t claim that in NZ), Eco Eggs (barn laid eggs, so they are not free range or pasture raised, they are in a barn where chickens can move around and socialize and happy. Eco Eggs is a marketing company and they buy the eggs from another farm), and Natures Best Cage-Free Eggs (can only be found in 20 Cold Storage stores, it is new from Oct 14) which is also barn laid, but the farm is the biggest cage-free egg farm in NZ, and it is the only brand (among the 3 brands) that the farmer is standing behind the brand (the egg brand and the egg farm are the same people so no middle man). Their eggs are very good and healthy (and they were the first SPCA approved egg farm in NZ). You can find out more on naturesbesteggs.co.nz.

    1. Thanks for this information! I do find it quite frustrating how we can’t get free range free eggs in Singapore. I have seen those from New Zealand and they tend to be $10 a box, which is very expensive. I will check out your link πŸ™‚

  6. By the way Cold Storage is having an event to promote NZ food. 20-24May at Plaza Singapura. Natures Best eggs will be there!

  7. Hi! Nice blog. I’m just wondering, which Fairprice did you get these Malaysian kampong eggs from? I’m a Malaysian student studying in Sg and I really miss the kampong eggs from back home! Can’t seem to find any from the Fairprices near NUS πŸ™

    1. Hi JL, I have seen the kampong eggs at Kallang Wave Mall Fairprice as well as Tampines Mall Fairprice. As far as I know,you can’t get them from Cold Storage or other supermarkets. Sorry my places are all so far from NUS cos I don’t live in the West. Is the Fairprice near NUS small? I think only the bigger ones have them.

  8. Hi there!

    I just came across your blog as I’ve recently become more conscious of the nutrition that my body gets. I have also been looking for free range eggs in Singapore and it seems like Coral eggs come the closest. Have you managed to find out if Kampung here refers to free range?

    PS I’m glad to find other nutrition conscious individuals here in Singapore:) That paleo restaurant looks interesting…

    1. Hi Adam, thank you for your lovely comment. I have sent emails to the Coral company (Khwan Hup Farming) so I’ll update this page when they reply. There is also another brand of kampong eggs from Chew’s sold in supermarkets and I’ve also emailed them to ask about it. I do think that we need to have more options for eggs here in Singapore and I would gladly pay more to get eggs from free-range chickens!

      1. Hey there!

        I went to fairprice express today and was pleasantly surprised to find sakura eggs sold by chews. Although not technically free range, im happy as this company has recognised the demand for more natural sources for eggs:) They go for 3.10 for 10 eggs which i find very reasonable.

        1. I like the Sakura eggs too! The chickens that lay them are free from antibiotics. That’s a good one, I’ll add it to the post above when I get the chance to purchase some Sakura eggs. Thanks for the tips!

  9. I’m interested in free range eggs purely from the point of view of the animal’s welfare. The nutritional bonus is a positive secondary. Just wondering, are you allowed to keep your own chickens in Singapore, if you have a garden? Anyone know?

    1. Hi Gordon, it’s funny you mentioned this because I’ve always wanted to keep chickens for their eggs. I live in an apartment so it’s not so practical for me but if I had a garden, I would definitely keep them. I don’t think it’s legal per se. It’s probably fine if your neighbours don’t alert the AVA, otherwise they might come around to take them away, as in the link below.

      http://www.wildsingapore.com/news/20051112/051125-3.htm

      I think the bigger problem is how would you start your brood in the first place. Do keep me posted on your progress. If I had a garden, I would do it!

  10. Hi.. Came across your blog when i was looking for a alternative to bread and saw you had some info on paleo bread and how to source the ingredients.. then saw this post on eggs. My key question is more on the feed the chickens that lay the eggs eat for each of the alternatives (kampong egg, sakura egg, cage free from nz etc). Do you know which of them claim to give natural feed that doesn’t have things like (antibiotics, GMO feed, growth factors, pesticides)? I’ve looked at the web sites and have emailed some of them. I’m just curious that none of these producers come out openly to say what feed they use, which is a little disturbing.

  11. Hi, i just spotted Freedom Range eggs on Redmart. They go for $3.40 for 6.Going to try it. Thanks for your blog, which have been so helpful ever since i started this journey less than 3 months ago.

    1. Thank you for your very kind comments on my blog! I also buy Freedom Range eggs from Redmart. I like ordering from them, so far have been prompt with delivery.

  12. Hello! I came across your post while searching for free range eggs in SG. It does seem that Freedom Range eggs is the best option for now. I’ve read from above that you had contacted some companies late last year. Have you heard back from them or have any updates? I’m also curious if you know of any places which sell grass-fed or organic meat. πŸ™‚

  13. Thanks for writing about this! I was wondering which eggs to buy that are not from caged chickens that can’t move at all but the labelling doesn’t say much except what they feed the chickens. I’ll try the Chew’s Sakura eggs πŸ˜€

  14. Nice to see so many discussions about Free range eggs and chicken. One point I do want to add about price since that seems a big factor….
    This is how I do my math….I save about about $50 a month by:
    – watching one less unmemorable hollywood movie in the cinema (Capatain america, transformers, london is falling etc)
    – buying 1 less app that I will never use
    – buying one less outfit/shoes/gadget online that I will never use
    – taking one less taxi ride a month.
    I will gladly pay $15 x 3 for 30 free range eggs that provide nutrition to my body and ensure that the chickens who gifted me with those eggs have a great life. Seriously I won’t miss the app, the taxi ride, the movie or the $20 dress from zalora that doesnt fit. But I will sleep well at night knowing no chicken had to suffer becuase I was too stupid or lazy to do some basic math.

  15. Really glad to have come across your blog but so disappointed to read that there are no free-range eggs available in Singapore. I’m relocating to Singapore from Australia next month so have been researching where I can buy products from ethical meat and game producers/suppliers. Eggs are an important part of my diet and I typically eat 2-4 each day. I was hoping I could find eggs from a supplier who has a stocking density of 1500 or less per hectare, similar to Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs here in Oz. From what I’m seeing it appears that barn-laid is about the best available. On another note, I did see that Inglewood Chicken is available in Singapore although it’s twice the price that I pay here!

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