|Free Range Eggs from my 6 Chickens|
I admit, I was against our family getting chickens last Spring. My husband, however, had other plans and the chickens were coming, like it or not. My reasons for not wanting chickens were superficial and unfounded such as they would smell, they would be too noisy, they are dirty, etc. None of which are true, by the way (thank goodness!). However, there were two selling points that my husband was able to capitalize on with me:
- The eggs.
- They eat ticks (living in the woods, this is huge!)
Okay, so if I would have to do nothing but collect and eat the eggs, then I would agree to the chickens. Today, we are the proud owner of 6 gorgeous, fun, and entertaining chickens which our children find quite amusing and are now a fixture roaming free in our backyard.
In our case it was the chickens as we bought them as already laying adults. Next year it may be the eggs as we are toying with the idea of getting chicks, but I'll defer to that next Spring. In the meantime, we don't have to worry about any of these eggs being fertilized so we can eat each one the chickens lay, and they lay A LOT. Each chicken averages 1 per day, so we get a half dozen eggs pretty much every day!
Free Range vs. Caged Eggs
FEED: pastured free range chickens are allowed to roam freely and eat plants and insects. (one found my wild blueberry bush and went to town!). The nutrients from this type of diet are then transferred to the eggs. On the other hand, caged chickens are fed a processed diet full of hormones, pesticides and antibiotics and are kept in cramp, inhumane cages. Which egg would you rather eat?
|Free range eggs on right and left, caged egg in middle|
|Yum! Free range soft boiled egg|
Nutrient Profile: This data is provided by www.healthambition.com. As compared to caged eggs, the free range eggs had:
- Twice as much omega-3 fatty acids.
- Seven times more pro-vitamin A beta-carotene.
- A quarter less saturated fat.
- A third less cholesterol.
- Up to 6 times more essential Vitamin D.
- Significantly more B Vitamins.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin is abundant in free range eggs, very little in caged.
Chances are there is someone you know who has access to these delicious gems and are willing to share.
Have you ever tried a pastured, local, cage free egg? Do you notice any difference?
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