Hens & Eggs
Differences in Hens and Eggs
White hens with white ear lobes will produce white eggs, and brown or red hens with brown ear lobes will produce brown eggs. There’s not a lot of debate on this subject and it seems pretty standard as far as hens go. But I wouldn’t mention this to a hen.
Always remember Hens have personality once you get to know them.
Some pink, green, and blue eggs come from hens living in Araucana, Chile.
Brown and White eggs can both be organic.
What does "Organic" mean?
Dojo Chef definition of organic: Better, more pure, natural, good eating, better flavor, famers doing it right, taking the time to take care for the land, high quality, company’s willing to go above and beyond the bare minimum…..
And this is -
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) definition of organic:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
Brown eggs require more feed to produce an egg than does the white egg. Costs is one of the main reasons why more restaurants and high volume outlets use white eggs over brown eggs.
Humane Animal Care is changing the egg market through awareness.
Caged eggs are simply that, eggs produced from hens living in cages. Most of the time the hens are cooped up in tiny cages with many other hens, leaving little to no space to live a comfortable life. Some hatchery’s go so far as to leave the lights on 24 hours a day to increase egg production. This shortens the hen’s life cycle which quickly moves them to the meat section in the grocery store.
Cage Free Eggs can be very similar to Caged Eggs. The only differences between the two production methods are that there are no tops to the cages producing "Cage Free Eggs" and there is slightly more room for the hens in the cages. Often times these cages in which Cage Free Eggs are produced might not get cleaned out. Also, some egg hatcherys are always trying to increase their production rates and therefore will shove as many hens as they can in the confined spaces.
"While cage-free certainly does not mean cruelty-free….," said Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society.
Look no further than the Free Range Eggs with the HUMANE ANIMAL CARE stamp. Please let us know your opinion about these eggs at Egg Cracker info. These beautiful Hens get treated with respect, eat weeds and bugs, live a natural life, and produce golden eggs.
You can find out more data on the Humane Farm Animal Care Web site.
Way to go Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream!! They are switching over to Certified Humane Cage Free Eggs. Sources say it should take four years.