Free range chickens are much happier and healthier, in my opinion. Plus, an added bonus, they are so fun to watch! In addition to the entertainment they provide, we currently have an array of layers as you can see below. The egg to the far right is from a Barred Rock chicken who just began laying, it actually looks lavender in person. Then next to it is the green egg that my 11 y/o daughter's Amerucana lays and then to the far left what is likely a double yolk.
They are far more interesting and fun than the plain white eggs that you get from chain grocery stores, don't you think?