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Free Range Eggs July 1, 2011

Filed under: Chickens — Piper Long @ 10:18 am
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Shell color aside, I can always tell a free-range egg from a battery cage egg simply by cracking it open and looking at the yolk.

Can you figure out which eggs are free-range and which are battery-cage?

The battery cage hens only receive grain and are never allowed to access outdoor pasture, thus producing a pale yellow yolk.

Alternatively, the dark orange yolk comes from my free-range hens and is a true reflection of their out-of-doors lifestyle. They eat anything they want on the ranch. Including but not limited to:

1. Donuts
2. Grasshoppers
3. Ticks
4. Moths
5. Rejected cereal
6. Leftover fruit
7. Stale bread
8. Worms
9. Impatiens
10. Grass

And I love that in a round about way, we are eating everything that we buy. Including the crumbs at the bottom of the Ruffles bag and the generic Cookie Crisp cereal that was reject by my children.

And FYI: Free-range eggs have been proven to have significantly less cholesterol, less fat, more vitamin A, more vitamin E, more vitamin B12, more omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat) and more beta carotene. Google it, you’ll be surprised at the difference.


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