Egg Nutrition

Fresh eggs have a variety of benefits over commercial eggs including flavor, eye appeal (yolk color, shell color, and consistency), and even nutritional content.

According to an oft-cited 2007 study by Mother Earth News Magazine, eggs laid by hens raised on pasture, as compared with eggs laid by confined factory farm chickens have:

  • Up to 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 4 to 6 times as much Vitamin D
  • Up to 3 times more vitamin E
  • Up to 7 times more beta carotene
  • Up to twice as much omega-3 fatty acids
  • Up to 1/3 less cholesterol
  • Up to 1/4 less saturated fat

While our chickens don’t have continuous access to pasture as those used in this study, they do get an abundance of leafy greens, bugs, and¬†exercise, which are all key components to their health and nutrition. ¬†Our chickens are unmedicated, free range and are fed with a standard layer feed, heavily supplemented with organic greens and seeds from our garden and yard.

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