So just why is pasture-raising so much better?
Although our domesticated girls that they are, have changed in some ways from their ancestral cousins, they’re still ravenous omnivores given the chance. Which means that they love to roam about and eat just about anything that they can get their beaks on, they do love seeds, grasses and critters!
They’re certainly not supposed to be confined to small cages and fed the sort of monotonous, and sometimes dubious, mixture they get in factory farms and backyard coops.
So pasture raising is a way to get chickens back where they belong with a healthier, more natural diet, the eggs they lay are far superior it’s just common sense!
By dining on wild grasses and bugs, our girls are getting a whole lot more vitamins and minerals add in the clear benefits of the outdoor lifestyle our girls enjoy cleaner, less stressful, less competitive, plenty of fresh air and sunlight and it’s obvious why the eggs are so much better.
In 2007 Mother Earth News, a strong advocate of better farming practices, ran the most thorough nutritional comparison of pasture raised and factory eggs that we know of. And the results are quite something.
In comparison to a conventional egg, pasture-raised 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
In 2008, a follow up study showed that the significant sunlight exposure the hens enjoy translates from the sun to the hens to the eggs in the form of increased levels of Vitamin D by as much as 4 to 6 times more than conventional eggs!
Mother Earth News has done a pastured egg Nutrient-Test and the results have come in. Pastured egg producers are kicking the commercial industry’s butt.
So next time you crack open one of our eggs (or for the first time, if you are just checking us out to see what all the fuss is about!) you can feel great about at least 2 things: the hens that have laid these eggs are raised in the most humane and caring environment we know, and the eggs that they lay for us are the healthiest for you. Our happy girls lay the healthiest eggs!