How to Tell If Your Eggs Came From a Sick Chicken (plus how to find healthy eggs if they did)
Living in Brazil has many interesting aspects. The different approach to food is one of these. People are connected with local farms through their friends and family, and enjoy organic homegrown food. When it comes to eggs, the sizes and the color of the shells vary, but eggs from family farms have darker yolks. The yolks are always thicker than typical egg yolks you can buy from stores.
In the US eggs found at the local supermarket are yellow. Organic, vegetarian or cheap – they are all yellow, and their yolk is not that thick.
Wondering what makes them so different? Is it possible that we all eat eggs from unhealthy chickens? Have you ever bought an orange egg? Recently, we have “discovered” an egg from healthy chicken. That is totally insane.
Craigslist is the usual go-to route, when it comes to accommodating urban life with homestead flare and seeking for the dankest foods.
From Garden Betty… Let’s compare pasture-foraging, insect-pecking, soil-scratching, whole grain-feeding chickens’ yolks to the yolks from free-ranging and factory-farmed chicken. The differences are clearly visible. Homegrown eggs are darker orange, fuller and thicker.
The eggshells are also denser and much harder to crack. And how about the orange yolks? Orange yolks indicate a well-balanced diet high in nutrients. Xanthophylls, omega-3 fatty acids, and meat are the key factors into the making of orange yolks.
Xanthophylls are carotenoids, and carotenoids are natural plant pigments contained in fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene, one of the most popular carotenoids, gives yolks their orange pigment and most people associate it with carrots. But, beta-carotene increases yolk’s nutritional value, it is not just the color.
Xanthophyllis the carotenoid that causes deeper yolk coloring, and it is more readily absorbed in yolks. Lutein is a type of xanthophyll, and a lot of lutein results in deeper orange color. Xanthophyllis contained in leafy greens, such as spinach, kale and collards.
Itis also found in zucchini, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Flax seeds and sea kelp are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and these both are essential components of homemade whole grain chicken feed.
Did you know that chickens should not be vegetarian, regardless of what your premium carton of organic, grain-fed, cage-free eggs says? Chickens are actually omnivores, and the healthiest diet includes meats, including mealworms, beetles, grasshoppers, grubs, and other crawly “goodies” that pull out of the ground. Some chickens even attack small rodents and snakes (ballsy chickens out in the boonies).
When all these sources are well incorporated in hen’s diet, the nutrients they are being fed with later pass on their eggs and concentrate in the yolks. According to the egg analysis by Mother Earth News, and another recent analysis of Pennsylvania State University, pastured eggs have a lot higher levels of vitamins A, D, and E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Pastured eggs are better for you, and that is the reason why many people like raising chickens.
How can you get the delightful orange yolks from backyard chickens?
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