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Eggses, Precious! Eggses!

13 Apr
Eggses, Precious! Eggses!

“Although I can not lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes.”
– George Bernard Shaw 

It was an exciting day, that first time we found an egg in a nesting box.  We had waited over 5 months for that wonderful moment!  Now the eggs arrive at a regular pace, but the marvel of collecting an egg and finding it still warm has not diminished.  

What do I enjoy about having our own chickens laying eggs?  I love waltzing right past the egg section at the grocery store. I love opening our cartons and seeing eggs in many lovely shades of brown, and a few green ones as well.  I smile when one egg is so big that the carton won’t shut, and another is so small, I could fit two like it in the same carton spot.  I grin when I have to daily climb the ladder to the barn loft to get the egg that one silly chicken always lays in the cozy spot between the ladder and wall joint. I delight in watching the hens scratch in the dirt and how they run to me when I bring them worms or veggie peelings. I shake my head in amazement at the loud ruckus the hens make every time they lay an egg.  You’d think they had just done something miraculous, they way they carry on.

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Our first egg!

Well, maybe it is a miracle– “A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.”1 And what a treasure, indeed!  The nutritional benefits of the eggs of my free-ranging chickens far surpass those of the factory eggs in the supermarket.  A study by Mother Earth News2 found this about free range eggs as compared to their factory counterparts:

  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene
  • 3 to 6 times as much vitamin D

In addition, essential fatty acids are important, but with our modern diets, we generally have too much omega 6, and too little omega 3.  Commercialized grocery store eggs from hens fed mostly grain can contain ratios as high as 19 to 1 (omega 6 to 3).   However, organic free range hens that have access to bugs and veggies have the correct omega 3/omega 6 ratio of 1 to 1.3

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What delightful variety!

 

You might think you are buying good quality eggs from the supermarket because the label reads, “free range.” Sadly, this may only mean there is a small door where hens may exit from the crowded factory floor if they can find it.  Here is a chart to help you find your way through the egg maze.

 

But instead of trying to find your way through that mess of information, locate someone who is raising their own chickens and buy from them. The shells will be thicker and the yolk will be a pleasing dark yellow, indicative of their higher nutritional content.  What goes into the hen is reflective in the eggs they produce. You get what you pay for.  So, what are you paying for?

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Our eggs yolks are rich in color and nutrition.

Sources:

1 The Hobbit, Tolkien, JRR.

2 http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/free-range-eggs-zmaz09fmzraw.aspx#axzz2yobHLlO8

3 Sally Fallon and Mary G Enig, Ph.D., “Nourishing Traditions.” New Trends Publishing.

 

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9 Comments

Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Farm Life

 

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9 responses to “Eggses, Precious! Eggses!

  1. amysanta

    April 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    PS Who am I quoting in the title?

     
  2. Laura

    April 14, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    Love your family farming posts! The adventure is something that can’t be bought. We’re excitedly awaiting our first eggs in mid July!

     
    • amysanta

      April 14, 2014 at 6:22 AM

      Thanks for your comments, Laura! Let me know when you experience that first egg!

       
  3. Tiff

    April 14, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    You are quoting a character that always makes me shudder. Nathaniel does the voice all too well, and it creeps me out. 😉 On another note, I was surprised to learn that the “Humanely” certifiied eggs still allowed beak cutting. 😦 People would think twice about what kind of eggs they bought if there were pictures of the egg-producing chickens on the covers of egg cartons!

     
    • amysanta

      April 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Yes! I saw a photo of “free range” chickens crammed into a huge building. I guess there was a little door somewhere for them to get out, but I didn’t see it!

      You got the character right. Caleb imitates him, too.

       
      • Amy S.

        April 15, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        And another thing–when chickens are fed good food and given enough space to run around, there is no need to cut their beaks–they they don’t brutalize each other under healthy conditions.

         
  4. Pat Hunt Ambacher

    April 16, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Will follow your blog with interest! I so enjoy your Moms.

     
  5. Patti Burke

    May 9, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Amy. so wonderful to log on to your blog. Lots of good info..
    I started my kefer ,right after your class, at Linda’s house.
    thanks Patti

     
    • amysanta

      May 9, 2016 at 4:13 PM

      Hi, Patti! Nice to hear from you and glad you are finding useful info. Good for you with the kefir!

       

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