The saying “You are what you eat” is true and with pasture raised chicken eggs, you are what you eat eats, too! Our laying hens are able to forage for bugs, worms, and a variety of plants that grow in the pastures. In their portable houses they have access to a no corn, no soy, non-GMO feed from The Red Bridge Farm that contains everything a happy hen could want in her diet.
Eggs from pastured hens have been found to contain half of the cholesterol and 10% less fat of supermarket eggs, twice the Vitamin E, two to six times more beta carotene (a form of Vitamin A), and four to 20 times more healthy Omega-3 than the factory farmed eggs you find at the grocery store.
Our hens & eggs are so healthy because move through the pastures with portable chicken tractors, grazing on fresh grasses and helping to restore some lower quality pasture areas. As they scratch for seeds and bugs they open up the top layer of the soil to receive the nutrients contained in the hens waste, providing a more receptive environment for grass seed to settle into and a revitalized pasture. The hens are a critical part of a very symbiotic ecosystem here at The Tikkun Homestead.
Pasturing is the traditional method of raising egg-laying hens and other poultry. It is ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the tastiest, most nutritious eggs. It really is better than organic!
A healthy and happy hen will lay an egg every 26 hours during her laying season when she is in her prime, older hens will lay less frequently. We have a flock of mixed ages and mixed breeds which makes for a nice variety in the colors of our eggs. Currently we are collecting almost two dozen eggs per day. Please contact us to get your name on our egg list if you would like our eggs on a regular basis! Our eggs are priced at $4.50 per dozen (and $4 per dozen if you provide you own egg carton).
A note about egg washing & refrigerating: We don’t.
G-d designed eggs shells to be porous and to have a tiny membrane coating over them called “bloom” which keeps the environment inside the egg shell safe and clean. Bacteria has a difficult time getting inside a dry egg. Washing dirty eggs removes the bloom that covers the egg shell and invites bacteria to be drawn into the egg through the shell. Washing eggs in cool water actually creates a vacuum which draws unwanted bacteria into the egg even faster. Because our eggs still have their bloom intact, we do not refrigerate them to prevent bacteria growth.
We do our best to ensure that our hen’s nests are clean and dry so the eggs will also be clean and dry, and we collect our eggs twice every day. We keep our eggs on the kitchen counter at room temperature. If you wash farm fresh eggs when you get them home, you will need to refrigerate the eggs.
For more information about washing and refrigerating eggs, check out this link.