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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Seven Types of Grain Feed Choices to Feed your Flock Right

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Choosing The Right Chicken Feed
by Rachel Hurd Anger | Chicken Quarters

Chicken feed is formulated to provide balanced nutrition based on the bird’s purpose. While each brand is nutritionally similar, each company produces its own proprietary blend, so each will use different ratios of similar ingredients to meet general nutrition guidelines. Read Article

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Rachel Hurd Anger | Chicken Quarters

Metropolitan living often means big dreams are short on space. On a small lot in Louisville, Ky., writer Rachel Hurd Anger is raising chickens, a rescue dog, two cats, and a family. Tales of her self-sustaining great- grandmothers awakened her inner chicken farmer, and now, her small flock charms her small space, as only they can do.

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The Incredible Edible Egg

Pineapples on Trees

With so many farms in the Triad offering fresh eggs, eggs certainly  deserve their own post. They’re delicious, versatile, and a fairly affordable protein source, but the options and opinions can be overwhelming and even controversial. We aren’t going to be able to solve all those problems in 500 words or less, but why don’t we eggsplore a few answers?

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Healthy or Not?
Everything in moderation is the rule (for now and for most of us). Here’s what the Harvard School of Public Health has to say “While it’s true that egg yolks have a lot of cholesterol—and so may weakly affect blood cholesterol levels—eggs also contain nutrients that may help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate.” They and other sources recommend up to an egg a day for most…

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Shelf Eggs Come up a Little Short on Value

Pastured Chicken’s Eggs…  the Better Egg.

Egg ChartMaybe it’s time to find a local farmers market… or better yet, keep a few hens of your own to supply your family with fresh nutritious eggs.

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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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