There IS a difference between a store bought, factory farm egg laid by chickens confined in small cages and a farm fresh egg laid by a happy hen who is allowed to scratch around in the earth for bugs, worms and weeds. Add fruit and veggie scraps to their natural, outdoorsy diet, and your flock will reward you with protein and vitamin rich eggs. Do you know that the protein in eggs is one of the highest quality proteins found in any food?
The white egg in this photo is a factory farmed egg purchased at the grocery store. The brown egg was laid by one of my chickens. The egg produced by my chicken is considerably smaller than the store egg, but as my flock matures, the size of their eggs will increase. My gals are still pullets (chicken teenagers!) and have only been laying for a few weeks.
Notice how the farm egg has a rich orange center while the store egg yolk is a medium yellow? Not only do farm egg yolks have a deeper color, but they are creamier and don’t break as easily as factory egg yolks. Another noticeable difference is that the shells of farm eggs are thicker and harder than those of factory eggs. These differences are due to diet, of course. Also, since my chickens spend their days outdoors, they get plenty of natural vitamin D. Factory chickens are given supplemental D in their feed pellets. Poor factory farmed chickens. How would you like to eat Grape Nuts every day of your life?
If you’re wondering, there’s no difference between white and brown eggs, though some people swear they differ in taste and nutritional value. Two of my chickens lay brown eggs, two lay medium brown eggs, and the other two lay cream colored eggs. All have beautiful orange yolks and taste the same.
Do farm fresh eggs taste better than store eggs? Yes! It’s like the difference between strawberries you buy from the grocery store and strawberries you pick from a farm or your own garden. Perhaps the reason farm fresh eggs taste better is because they are fresher. After all, the typical grocery store egg is 30 days old. Keep in mind that eggs have a long shelf life and this is nothing to be alarmed about. However, if you want a truly FRESH egg, you won’t find one at the grocery store!
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