Farm-Fresh Eggs

Different breeds lay different color eggs.

My light blue eggs are produced by Ameraucanas.  The only breed of chickens (with a few exceptions) that produce blue eggs are Ameraucanas and their close cousins, Araucanas. Several years ago their eggs were mischaracterized as having nutritional qualities far beyond those of other eggs, creating almost a cult following.  In fact, the blue eggs are exactly the same as any other color egg, just prettier.

Light brown eggs are the product of my Orpington hens.

The yolks will be darker. The deeper yellow and orange color comes from the beta-carotenes in the fresh greens that our chickens eat. It’s a sign of the great taste and healthful benefits you can expect from freshly laid eggs from cage-free, pastured chickens.

The white spot attached to a yolk is called the chalazae (kə-ˈlā-zə). Its purpose is to anchor the yolk in the center of the egg. It’s another sign of freshness and in no way is it harmful or bad. Grocery store eggs also have them when they are first laid, but by the time they make it to the shelves these spots have melded with the egg white and are not as noticeable. The chalazae is not an embryo nor a sign of a fertile egg. These are common misconceptions. Our table eggs are not fertile, except by special request, as our roosters are separated from our laying hens.

 

A dark spot on a yolk is called a blood spot. These are rare. A small percentage of all eggs have blood spots. Contrary to popular belief, these tiny spots do not indicate a fertilized egg either. They are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg. These are also absorbed as eggs age, and therefore not seen in store bought eggs. A blood spot indicates that an egg is fresh. Both chemically and nutritionally these eggs are good to eat. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish.  Their freshness makes them difficult to peel when hardboiled. Either age them a week before boiling, or drop them into ice water to cool after boiling.

You may also notice a bump or two on the outside of a shell, or variations in shell shape. These are naturally occurring differences that each hen provides to her own eggs. The same is true for odd spots of a darker brown color on some of our egg shells. Store bought eggs are sorted for uniformity. Eggs with such differences are sold to the baking industry. Therefore, you never see these variations in store bought eggs.

 

 

Farm raised eggs are better for you than store bought eggs.

• 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

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Farm raised eggs taste better than store bought eggs.

The first time you eat a Schroeder Poultry egg, prepare a store bought egg at the same time and try them side-by-side.  If you do not agree my eggs taste significantly better, just let me know and I will refund your money.

My eggs are priced at $3.00 a dozen, while each dozen includes some of the smaller, pullet eggs.  When all eggs have reached at least size large, and most are extra large, they are $3.50.  Compare my prices to store bought Egg Lands Best brown eggs.

At this time, I am not selling eating eggs except to family members and a few friends.  I am researching state regulation regarding broader sales from small farms.  Check back for availability.