A lot of people ask me how to find and verify that they are buying the right eggs, so I’ve created this list of questions you can ask your egg supplier. It’s really simple. :)
1.) Are your hens on pasture?
2.) How much pasture do they have access to? For how long each day?
3.) What feed do you supplement with? Is it organic?
4.) Do you supplement with soy (even if it’s organic)?
5.) Do you supplement with corn (even if it’s organic)?
6.) Are there any oils (like canola) mixed into your feed?
7.) Would you eat your eggs raw? (Pastured eggs should be able to be eaten raw safely.)
The eggs that I buy are pastured, organic, corn-free and soy-free. Sometimes the hens are supplemented with oyster shells. The eggs are also fertilized.
I am indifferent about fertilization. Some say it makes the eggs more nutritious. I’ve never noticed a marked difference. Despite homesteading rumors, the color of the yolks is also not a guaranteed indicator of egg nutrition. Some commercial egg productions add coloring to the chicken feed to make the yolks darker, but you shouldn’t have to worry about this with local pastured egg producers.
My advice? Shake the hand of the person who raises your food. Look them in the eye and say, “Thank you.” It’s a marvelous feeling. :)