How Much is Too Much for Eggs?

So how do you decide if you are paying too much for eggs? Let’s first take a quick look at the differences between conventional and farm-raised eggs.

Then, once you read the linked true-to-farm reprint So You Want to be a Chicken Farmer? about raising chickens and its follow-on comments, you’ll completely understand about the heartbreaks, sacrifices, and hard work that goes into providing healthy, nutritious, farm-raised eggs.

I’m sure you have heard that conventional hens are raised in enormous confinement houses in tiny battery cages with only about a half square foot of space each and are fed genetically modified grain that contains antibiotics.

There is little-to-no human contact and the lifespan of these hens are just about one year before their egg-laying productivity peak is reached.

Fresh from the nest

Conversely, hens raised on a family farm have a much more humane and much longer life. Most, if not all, of the NFC chicken farms operate on a free-ranging or pasture-raised basis.

Farmers get to know their chickens and happy layers produce eggs for up to ten years. Being fed grain that is GMO-free, antibiotic-free, and organic is the standard fare that most chickens enjoy.

Pasture-raised eggs have 50% more folic acid, 70% more B12, higher levels of Omega-3 and Vitamin E. The result? Healthy, nutritious eggs with orange yolks that are more firm with an amazing rich flavor from very happy hens.


One Reply to “How Much is Too Much for Eggs?”

  1. I raise a small flock of Barred Rocks. They are free range (which includes my kitchen mistakes) with some added cracked corn from our own GMO free harvest. But I digress…during this miserable cold snap they stopped laying for the FIRST time in their lives. I brought in some of our split soy beans and cooked them on the woodstove to free the amino acids from all that protein. The first time round I chopped them a bit, but after watching how the hens went for them I could see that that was unnessisary. Concluding the story; they have begun laying (slowly) since yesterday and are back in my good graces. I doubt that the Perdew’s have a wood stove!

    Connie H.

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