There is nothing better than a delicious, perfectly cooked egg, especially for breakfast. Whether you like them fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled, a better egg always makes better and healthier breakfast. However, you may have been unaware that you have been eating unhealthy eggs your entire life.
Basically, a healthy egg comes from a healthy chicken. To get the needed nutrients, a chicken must have its own free space to move and fresh air, as well as a variety of foods and eats whatever it needs. This includes bugs, snakes, rodents, whatever they can find and slow down long enough to eat.
A chicken locked in a tiny hatch for its entire life simply will not have the same quality of eggs as free-range chickens.
Characteristics of a good egg
How can you tell what a good egg looks like? When you’re deciding whether to buy from a local farm or keep looking, check out these characteristics:
Yolk color. Most people are accustomed to eggs with bright or light yellow yolks. This actually isn’t the ideal color for an egg yolk. Chicken egg yolks should be orange—the deeper the color, the better. Check out a few different eggs to compare colors and ensure that your supplier offers across-the-board good eggs.
Yolk thickness. Yolks from healthy chickens tend to be thicker and rounder. This means better taste and more nutrients. You need to examine the thickness of the egg yolk when determining the quality of an egg.
Shell thickness and density. If the egg cracks easily than it is not a good-quality egg. Chickens which have a rich diet and a good overall health produce very strong eggs. If an egg is really healthy its shell should be very difficult to crack.
Research backs up the importance of good nutrition in chickens. A report from the Oxford Journal notes that increasing a chicken’s intake of beta-carotene increases the amount of beta carotene that is in its eggs. The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry claims that increasing DHA levels in a chicken’s diet affected the omega-3 fatty acids found in its eggs.
How to find the best eggs?
With the growth of the agricultural industry and the increase in homesteading, you may have plenty of options for eggs.
If you have space for a few chickens, you may well be able to raise your own chickens and get more than enough eggs for your family. They can eat the scraps from your garden, keep your bug population down, and give you the most delicious eggs you’ve ever had.
Also, you can contact local farms and ask about their chicken raising habits. If they let their hens roam freely and don’t force them to follow a vegetarian diet, it may be worth giving their eggs a try.
You should definitely make an effort and try the eggs with orange yolk. We can guarantee that this effort will pay off as soon as you taste the difference!