variety of eggsWe are currently selling our eggs at the Suwanee Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.  $4/dz.  Come early.  Our laying hens are raised in a “free-roaming” environment.  Their coops are opened each morning and the hens are allowed to roam freely in the woods and pasture.  They are completely unconfined.  Chickens raised in this way will eat about 25% of their diet in grass and another 25% in insects and other forage.  We supplement their diet with non-medicated, inspected grains.

According to a research study by the Agricultural Sciences department of Penn State University, eggs from hens raised this way are higher in Omega-3’s and vitamins A and E.  To quote, ” the longer the animals were on pasture, the more vitamins they produced.”  Our chickens are always on pasture; every day.  www.rps.psu.edu/0305/poultry.html

May Tree Farm eggs are delicious and nutrious.

*Egg Fun Facts*

- A healthy young hen lays an egg every 26 hours.

- A hen does not need a rooster to be able to produce and lay an egg (sorry guys!) (however, she does need him for a fertilized egg that can become a chick)

- The “white” of an egg is the nutrition on which the baby chick (in a fertilized egg) feeds, much like a human baby getting nutrition through the umbillical cord, but since these babies develop completely outside of the mother, the nutrition has to be included.  Just before hatching, a baby chick will “suck” all the remaining white into it’s abdomen.  This can sustain a newly hatched chick for up to 3 days without food or water.  In nature, this allows the mother to go and feed after sitting for almost a month on her eggs.  In modern farming, this allows newly hatched chicks to be shipped to farms without suffering from the trip.

- You can boil a fresh egg, but you can’t peel it.  There is a thin membrane between the shell and the white of an egg.  When an egg is laid, this membrane is pressed tightly up against the shell.  There is always a tiny “air cell” in the “fat” end of the egg.  As the egg ages, air seeps slowly through the pores of the shell and the air cell grows bigger and the membrane becomes more loose.  Thus, when the egg is boiled, you can peel the shell away because it detaches from the membrane.  Eggs are best for boiling when they are about 2 weeks old but can be boiled when they are even older.  If you are unsure of an egg and you place it in the pot and it floats to the top, you should discard the egg.  Bacteria seeps through the pores of the shell along with air and when there is enough air and “bacteria gas” to make the egg float, it is enough to make you sick.

- Free roaming chickens lay eggs with harder shells.  Eating insects (like God intended them to) provides all the nutrients they need for thick, hard shells.  (go figure!)  The thicker the shell, the longer the egg will last.  That’s why farm eggs seem to stay fresh longer.