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Eggs currently sold in
supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised
on pasture and in backyards across the country.
That’s the conclusion of a 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. The testing was compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs.
A remarkable thing happens when a chicken is not confined and is able to live a natural more normal life, pecking for bugs, eating grass, and doing things chickens do.
The EGGS get healthier.
Eggs from backyard chickens contain:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega - 3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Shown to Combat Obesity
PENN State Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems - Poultry and Pasture
These results come from egg samples collected from 14 flocks around the country that range freely. The research team sampled six eggs from each of the 14 pastured flocks tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore. The egg samples were analyzed for nutrient content and then those results were compared with the official egg nutrient data from the USDA for conventional eggs.
These dramatically differing nutrient levels are most likely the
result of the different diets of birds that produce these two types of
eggs. True free-range birds eat a chicken’s natural diet. All kinds of seeds, green grass, insects, worms, and whole grain formulated chicken feed.
Factory farm hens never even see the outdoors or the light of day. These
environmental conditions are designed to produce eggs quickly and cheaply as possible in the factory farm setting.
Chickens are fed an unnatural and
unvaried diet of the cheapest possible
mixture of corn, soy or cottonseed meals.
This feed is laced with all kinds of additives, supplements, and growth hormones so the hens will produce eggs as quickly as
What is troubling to me is all the
antibiotics commercial factory farm raised hens need to stave off sickness caused
by overcrowded stressful living conditions.
Factory farm chicken hens are given their
first shot of antibiotics before they even hatch.
The egg industry wants to deny that
free-range/backyard chicken eggs are
better than eggs from chickens kept in
crowded, inhumane indoor conditions. The problem lies in the USDA definition of “true free-range." "Allowed access to the outside” is how the USDA defines “free-range.” This definition means that producers can, and do, label their eggs as “free-range” even if all they do is leave a door open to bare concrete.
NY Times - Antibiotics Off The Farm
I have seen this practice with my own eyes in PA. The sun was making the asphalt so hot, chickens just stayed inside.
True free-range eggs are from hens that range outdoors on pasture or backyards so they can do what’s comes natural. Like laying in the sun, drinking fresh rain water, and foraging for green plants, insects, and worms.
USDA considers eggs fresh 45 days after they are packed. USDA says eggs should be consumed within three to five weeks after you buy them. Following this policy, you could be eating eggs 9 to 11 weeks (77 days old) after they were laid. As these eggs age, air seeps into the naturally porous eggshell, degrading not just the nutrition, but also the taste and affecting the consistency of the egg.
Why would anyone want to eat a 45 day old egg?
Mother Earth News - Free Range Eggs
motherearthnews.com Egg Graphic
|Buying Eggs vs. Raising The Numbers|
|The Numbers||Amount||Per Year||Cost||Total|
|Chicken Hens||5||5 every 3 years||$8.00||$40.00|
|Chicken Feed 50 lbs. Bags||6||300 lbs.||$17.00||$102.00|
|Scratch Feed 50 lbs. Bags||2||100 lbs.||$17.00||$34.00|
|Pine Shavings 6 Cubic Feet||2||12 Cubic Ft.||$8.00||$16.00|