Our pasture raised chickens lay truly free-range, organic eggs that are very delicious and healthy. The shells of these eggs come in various shades of green due to the breed, Ameraucana/Araucana, which we found on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy list.
Our chickens are not de-beaked so they are able to forage daily for grass and bugs. This natural diet results in orange yolks. Some of our egg clients were startled by the color of our eggs, but once they understood the reason for the amazing color (a result of their varied diet of grass and bugs) and superior taste, they kept coming back for more.
Our chickens roam our yard and pastures daily, returning to their egg mobile to roost at night and lay their organic eggs in the morning. The ability to roam and return to a coop at night comes from being a genetically unmodified breed of chicken.
Genetically modified chickens do not have the instinct to return to the coop, let alone move more than 2 feet from their locale to search for food and water. Eggs that come from these genetically modified chickens by default do not produce organic eggs.
Beware the labels seen in grocery stores! For eggs to be labeled 'free-range' chickens need to have access to the outdoors. BUT, being in a crowded pen with an open door or in a barn with a window open qualifies as free-range.
In order to contain our chickens to the area of our property we want them to 'disinfect', we find we have to fence them in. For instance, in the fall when we want them to eat all the bugs of the trunks of our apple trees, and clean up the fallen apples, the fence helps keep them from migrating into our yard which is adjacent to the orchard.
The protein in organic eggs is of such high quality that all other proteins are compared to. Egg protein is 97% digestible and its amino acids are superior in promoting growth and tissue health.
The egg white contain about 1/2 of the total egg's protein and almost 100% of its' sodium.
Egg laying hens raised on pasture produce the ultimate organic eggs. Pastured eggs contain:
Grass-fed products naturally contain higher amounts of the following components:
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is an essential fatty acid with some pretty amazing properties. Studies suggest that it:
Although CLA is available in the form of a pill, animal products containing natural CLA are found to be 600% more effective in fighting cancer.
Vitamin A helps fight cancer and is linked to both good vision and good sex. It is also necessary for bone development and the prevention of skin disorders.
Omega-3 is a potent anti-carcinogenic and is essential for a sharp, well-functioning brain. It also reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart attack. To maintain good health, a 2-to-1 omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is recommended. The diet of most Americans is currently estimated to be 20-to-1.
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that can help lower the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that lowers the risk of both heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants are also considered to be ‘anti-aging’ agents that help your body resist the negative impact of oxidation.
Our bodies use cholesterol to create stress-fighting hormones and sex hormones. It is necessary for the healthy development of our brain, eyes, and nervous system.
1/4 of our body's blood cholesterol comes from our diet - the other 3/4 is produced by our body and is unrelated to our diet. The most important determinant of our cholesterol level is out of our control - it is determined by genetics!
One of the wonderful benefits of living on a farm is seeing unusual things that you wouldn't otherwise see, or possibly believe.
This was an extra large egg we found in the chicken coop - yes, the chicken survived laying it.
When we cracked open the egg, we found.....another entirely intact egg!
That second egg was a normal egg with a single yolk.
When our pullets are big enough to leave the brooder area and move to the mobile coop, they receive a colored leg band that expands as their leg grows. A record is kept of the leg band color and the age of flock. Once they reach around three years of age their egg production drops enough to warrant culling them.
We gather the hens at night while they sleep (the only sane way to catch a chicken, in my opinion). It is very easy to walk through the coop with a flashlight and gather up the color coded chickens.
Culling chickens at this age makes them best-suited for the slow-cooker. Their meat will be tougher than that produced from a chicken slaughtered at less than a year old.
Our Fresh Green Eggs are $2.50 per dozen
Food, Inc will change how you look at the food you buy at your local grocery store - a must see!!