There’s nothing better than a delicious, perfectly cooked egg. Whether you like your eggs fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled, a better egg always makes a better breakfast. Are the eggs you’re eating from healthy chickens, or have you been unknowingly eating unhealthy eggs your whole life?
First, it’s important to determine what a healthy chicken really is. A healthy chicken has access to a variety of foods and eats whatever it needs. This includes meat; chickens aren’t meant to be vegetarian. Chickens love bugs, snakes, rodents, whatever they can find and slow down long enough to eat!
The nutrients enjoyed by a well-fed chicken are passed on to their eggs. To get these nutrients, a chicken must have access to free space to move and fresh air. A chicken locked in a tiny hatch for its entire life simply will not have the same quality of eggs as free-range chickens.
How can you tell what a good egg looks like? When you’re deciding whether to buy from a local farm or keep looking, check out these characteristics:
Research backs up the importance of good nutrition in chickens. A report from the Oxford Journal notes that increasing a chicken’s intake of beta carotene increases the amount of beta carotene that is in its eggs. The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry claims that increasing DHA levels in a chicken’s diet affected the omega-3 fatty acids found in its eggs.
Great, you might think—I know what a good chicken egg looks like, but where do I find them? With the growth of the agricultural industry and the increase in homesteading, you may have plenty of options for eggs.
If you have space for a few chickens, you may well be able to raise your own chickens and get more than enough eggs for your family. They can eat the scraps from your garden, keep your bug population down, and give you the most delicious eggs you’ve ever had.
You can also contact local farms and ask about their chicken raising habits. If they let their hens roam freely and don’t force them to follow a vegetarian diet, it may be worth giving their eggs a try.
Give orange-yolked eggs a try. I guarantee that you won’t want to go back once you taste the difference.