How Do Chickens Digest Food | Purina Animal Nutrition

  • How do chickens digest food?
  • How does the chicken digestive system differ from a human’s?
  • Learn how a hen’s feed and nutrition becomes an egg.
by Patrick Biggs, Ph.d


When the dinner bell rings for a backyard flock, the hens come running. There’s nothing like a complete, balanced layer feed. But what happens after your chickens are finished pecking away at the feeder? Read Article

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Why Home Grown Eggs are Better

Why it Matters…

There are no hormones and less cholesterol in home grown eggs.  Also, there’s no worry of 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 usually, 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 your wondering about the shelf life of homegrown eggs in the refrigerator, it’s approximately 3 months.

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