Farm Fresh Eggs Better Than Store Bought, Here’s Why

Farm-fresh eggs are often considered to be of higher value compared to store-bought eggs due to a variety of factors.

Nutritional value: Farm-fresh eggs are often considered to be more nutritious than store-bought eggs. This is because hens raised on small farms are typically allowed to roam outside and eat a more varied diet than factory-farmed chickens. As a result, their eggs tend to be richer in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and beta-carotene.
Taste: Many people also believe that farm-fresh eggs taste better than store-bought eggs. This is because the yolks tend to be richer in color and flavor, and the whites tend to be firmer and creamier. Additionally, since farm-fresh eggs are often fresher than store-bought eggs, they may have a better texture and flavor.
Sustainability: Choosing farm-fresh eggs can also be a more sustainable choice. Small-scale farmers often raise their hens in a more humane and environmentally-friendly way, and buying eggs directly from farmers can help support local agriculture.
Safety: While all eggs are required to be inspected for safety, farm-fresh eggs may be perceived as being safer since they are often sold directly to consumers by the farmers who raised the hens. This can reduce the risk of contamination or food-borne illnesses that can occur during transportation and storage.
Farm-fresh eggs can be a great choice for people who prioritize nutrition, taste, sustainability, and food safety. However, it’s important to note that not all farm-raised eggs are created equal, and it’s important to do your research to find a trusted source for your eggs. Or, maybe consider having your own backyard flock, just be sure to check your local laws on keeping poultry before you join the chicken-keeping craze.

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Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry | CDC

  • What you Need to Know if you’re Consuming Fresh Farm Eggs.
  • Salmonella Illness Fast Facts, August 2022
  • What You Need to Know as a Backyard Chicken Keeper

Whether you are raising backyard chickens or consuming fresh eggs from a local chicken keeper, there are a few precautions to be aware of. Salmonella is real, and a serious health threat that exists everywhere… even from local backyard chicken keepers.
Salmonella Illness Facts,
August 2022
Illnesses: 884
Hospitalizations: 158
Deaths: 2
States: 48 and the District of Columbia
Investigation status: Active
What You Need to Know as a Consumer of Backyard Farm Fresh Eggs
Backyard poultry, such as chickens and ducks, can carry Salmonella germs even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to anything in the areas where the poultry live and roam.
You can get sick from touching backyard poultry or anything in their environment, including eggs.
Your eggs should never be in a used egg carton. If you’re unsure if your supplier uses new cartons, transfer the eggs into a clean wire basket. It’s a good practice to transfer eggs to your own basket before they reach your kitchen.
Discard dirty or irregular eggs. Dirty eggs mean the nest box is dirty, and the eggs may have been exposed to bacteria.
Don’t wash eggs; eggs have what is called the *bloom that protects the egg from bacteria. Washing removes the bloom, allowing bacteria to easily enter the egg.
Ask to see the area where the hens that supply your eggs are kept. It should be dry and not foul-smelling. The hens should look happy and healthy.
Never crack open the egg on the same pan you’re cooking in.
Wash your hands anytime you handle eggs, especially when cooking.
Those at Highest Risk of Severe Illness from Salmonella
Young children, especially under 5 years old.
Adults 65 and over, or someone with a compromised or weakened immune system.
What You Need to Know as a Backyard Chicken Keeper
Eggs from a backyard chicken keeper should be collected daily. Cracked, dirty, or eggs that aren’t in the nest box should be discarded. Fresh eggs are better left unwashed as not to disturb the bloom, which protects the eggs from bacteria.
It is good practice to clean nest boxes weekly and have at least one nest box for every three hens.
Don’t re-use egg cartons; or sell eggs in used cartons. Use a wire basket when collecting eggs. Ask your customers to bring their own basket or container.
Transfer eggs to a clean wire basket or new carton before storing them in your refrigerator.
Wash hands immediately after handling eggs.
There should be a clean space between your living quarters and the coop. Shoes, gloves, or anything you wear to work in the coop should be left in a designated area away from your living quarters. Rakes, shovels, and all cleaning supplies that are used in the coop should STAY IN THE COOP or a designated area nearby.
If your birds are free-roaming, they should have an area completely separate from the family home. This includes a no chicken zone where children or pets are likely to play.
Don’t let children younger than 5 years touch chicks, or other backyard poultry. Young children are more likely to get sick from Salmonella.
More information | CDC | Salmonella and Backyard Poultry
Centers of Disease Control & Prevention
Note: What is the Bloom? The “bloom” of an egg in an invisible coating that the hen’s body will “lay” on top of the shell of the egg. The bloom is also known as the cuticle of the eggs. It protects the egg from bacteria entering the egg.

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The True Cost of an Egg

Have you ever really thought about what you are spending to keep chickens for their free eggs? This is an eye-opening post, and I couldn’t agree more with every word.
Out here on the ranch, we are at the peak of our egg season.  Most of my fully grown hens lay an egg a day during the summer, which equals 5 to 6 eggs per day.  In the fall, my little ones will start laying as well… Continue Reading

by: Almost a Farm Girl
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Great Article on Making Your Own Mealworm Farm

If your chickens are anything like ours, then they love to eat mealworms.
Mealworms are a healthy, nutritious snack that are full of protein which helps your hens lay lots of eggs… CONTINUE READING

by The Happy Chicken Coop
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Restoring Our Farm’s Pre-Storm Dignity

There are subtle hints that Fall is not that far away. This means Phoenix’s brutally hot summer is finally going to let up and we can get back to working outside. This season we’ll have a different agenda, clean-up from the monsoon storm is the first priority, then the repairs and rebuilding of what was destroyed.
Although the temperatures are still a steamy 109, the sun isn’t quite as intense as it was a month ago and there are signs of relief. School supplies are on the store shelves, and summer clothes are hanging on store sale racks, and that means only one thing to me. Phoenix will soon turn from a hellish territory to a lush paradise for seven whole months!
Seven months… plenty of time to restore the farm to its pre-storm dignity. There’s a plan for the new shed row barn, and the replanting of lost trees and foliage will begin in November. There is progress, we’ve made a dent in the clean-up and the shed row barn is half down and salvaged materials neatly stacked.

Our in-home remodeling projects are starting to look worthy of our efforts, and it looks like we just might meet our Spring completion deadline. However, take note I didn’t mention which Spring!
There will most likely not be any chicks in the brooder this Oct. With the barn construction, there will be too many disturbances and my hens will probably be unreliable setters.
Changes are always going to be a part of life, and none of us are immune. Rather than wallow in woe…

Perhaps change is the ladder forced upon us when we quit reaching for higher levels of accomplishment.

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Why Home Grown Eggs are Better

Why it Matters

There are no hormones and less cholesterol in homegrown eggs.  Also, there’s no worry about medications. Also, if the chickens are allowed to eat bugs, fresh greens, and scratch grains, the eggs will have a higher nutrient content. Researchers conclude that eggs from pasture-raised chickens may 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
Shelf Life of Eggs
The eggs you buy at your local grocery store are probably weeks old. Technically, eggs do indeed have a long-lasting shelf life once refrigerated, however, the older they are the flatter the white & yoke becomes.  If you’re wondering about the shelf life of homegrown eggs in the refrigerator, it’s approximately 3 months.

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