To provide healthy eggs, chickens require three items in their diet, grains, grass, and insects. The primary nutrient to make eggs healthy is grass. If the chickens lack grass, their eggs will have a pale yellow color indicating a lack of beta carotene. On pasture, the eggs will be almost orange in color. On grass the eggs will also have a health amount of Omega 3 which they will lack without grass. In the store you will find eggs marked "organic", "cage free", and "pastured".
If the eggs are labeled "organic" they will be free to see a small area outside the coup but will not necessarily have access to grass. If they are labeled, "cage free" they are likely living in a very crowed open area with no grass. The only way to get healthy eggs is to buy "Organic Pastured" eggs. The price on these eggs will be $7 or more per doz, never less at the store.
Here at the Flying J Farm, our chickens are on pasture during the day light all year. The grains that we give them were grown sustainably here at our farm. We grind up corn and wheat and cook soybeans for them to provide the necessary grain part of their diet. In the summer with green grass, the eggs have the highest level of healthy nutrients. In the winter they get less, but they also lay fewer eggs. So best to get your eggs when the chickens are on green grass.
The egg comparison shown below (and great picture) actually was made by my customer, Louise Potter, so she gets the credit! The orange yoked egg comes from Flying J Farm pastured eggs. The pale yellow egg came from "Free Range" eggs purchased at the grocery store.
The orange color comes from the beta carotene and omega-3 that the chickens get from grass. These health ingredients are missing from all but pastured eggs. "Free Range" does not mean on grass. So get your affordable health care from the Flying J Farm.
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