Hens raised on pasture provide us with nutritionally and ethically superior eggs. The taste, texture, and color are immediately apparent. Learn more about the hens on our farm and the nutritional superiority of pasture raised eggs. Give them a try and judge for yourself!
Qualities of life for the hens on our farm:
- Outdoors year round with access to housing that protects them from predators
- Less than 300 birds on 2 acres of rotated pasture
- Access to the pasture any time they choose; most are out from sunup to dusk
- Eat lots of seeds, worms, insects found in the pasture
- Eat grasses in the pasture adding chlorophyll to their diet
- Follow the pigs to eat the bugs and worms that the pigs root up
- Excellent foragers which can be seen in the color of their egg yolk. There is variation in the color of the yolks even in our flock. You can see the difference in color between a hen that forages really well and a hen that chooses to stay closer to the nest.
- Supplemental feed is hand mixed by John. We buy grain from local organic farmers we know and trust. We know all the ingredients: ear corn, wheat, barley, oats, roasted soy, calcium and a nutrabalancer premix.
Qualities of the eggs gathered on our farm:
- Deep orange yolks
- Yolks stand up tall and do not break easily
- Whites are thick and do not easily run
- Washed in a chlorine free wash
Nutritional studies of pasture raised eggs indicate many benefits. Here’s how they compare to conventionally raised eggs:
- 3-6 times more vitamin D
- 70% more vitamin B 12
- 50-200% more folate
- 40-60% more vitamin A
- 30-34% less cholesterol
- 10-25% less saturated fat
- 2-7 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 2-3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
Check out the research for yourself:
- Mother Earth News comparison of eggs from confined birds, free-range eggs, and pastured eggs.
- British Journal of Nutrition comparing confinement, deep bedding and free-range eggs.
- Animal Feed Science and Technology studying the effect of free-range feeding.
- Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences comparing eggs of pastured hens to hen on a commercial diet.
- Dr. Weil answering the question “Are ‘Pastured’ Eggs Better?”