Chickens that are allowed to roam freely outdoors and eat their natural diet including grass, weeds, bugs, seeds, and worms will naturally produce healthier eggs because all of those nutrients are transferred to their eggs. Most of the eggs sold in the supermarkets are produced from birds that are kept in cramped, inhumane conditions, and are fed a processed diet of corn, soy or cottonseed with a variety of different additives including hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics. The end result is an egg that is inferior in all respects to those produced by free range, pasture-raised chickens.
Tests have shown that eggs from chickens raised on pasture have 34% less cholesterol, 10% less fat, 40% more vitamin A, more B vitamins, twice as many omega-6 fatty acids, and four times as many omega-3 fatty acids than regular supermarket eggs (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education). Additionally, the yolks of free range eggs contain higher levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, two very important antioxidants that play a key role in protecting the macula region of your eye from damaging UV light.
Many eggs sold in the supermarket are labeled ‘cage free’ or ‘free-range’ when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. They are actually produced by chickens that are confined to very small, cramped spaces and are only let out occasionally onto small concrete areas. These are not the same as eggs from true free range, pasture-raised chickens.
Here at Black Sheep Meadows, we take pride in the fact that all of our eggs come from our pasture-raised, free range chickens who roam our property freely, happily eating only what chickens naturally eat. Not only are their eggs healthier with their bright orange/yellow yolks, but they are also incredibly delicious too!
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