Have you ever eaten a fresh egg? I mean farm fresh like still warm from the chicken.
As a little girl, between the ages of four and five, on my grandparents’ farm one of my duties was to collect the eggs. I didn’t understand why some chickens were so cranky until I managed to get an egg away from one fat bird who complained bitterly. Then I dropped the egg and discovered I had just killed an un-hatched baby chick. I felt terrible and stopped arguing with the “nesting” hens, although I have since discovered that chickens are not thrilled to give up their eggs whether they are fertilized or not.
We all know that factory farms are brutally efficient at egg and chicken production (which ever came first), turning out an inferior product from what nature intended. And paying another dollar or two per dozen for “organic” eggs at the supermarket is no guarantee the poultry has been treated properly or politely. Some of the factory farm operators literally raise millions of birds (both conventional and organic) with as many as 85,000 “organic” hens in single buildings. Source: http://www.Cornucopia.org
Good eggs have yolks that are deep yellow and firmly rounded in shape. The whites are thick, clear and the white doesn’t spread out much. The shells are thick and take a good whack to crack. if you crush the shell in your hand, it doesn’t crumble but cracks into sharp shards. Good eggs are healthy eggs (despite all of egg’s bad press). Good eggs contain:
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene
Raising your own chickens is one sure way of getting fresh eggs. Another is buying them from a reputable dealer at your farmers market. (Even here in the backcountry it’s rare to find a farmers market where there isn’t at least one “farmer” selling foodstuffs they purchased from a commercial wholesale market.)
With Easter coming, I bought a flat of 30 eggs at my local farmers market for slightly less than the “organic” eggs cost at the supermarket. So be a good egg and buy good eggs for your good health.