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Visiting my family on a recent trip to Ireland, I met Henrietta, Rosie, Bride, Moon and Shelly… these feathered ladies supplied my sister’s household with an abundance of fresh eggs. I have always favoured the colour of brown eggs over white… they look much more appealing. Apparently there is no difference in the taste between white and brown eggs, other than the colour of the shell. Do you disagree? Did you know that the ear lobes of hens dictate the colour of the egg-shell, white ear lobe = white shell, red ear lobe = brown shell… I picked that bit of information while attending a cooking class in Bali… the chef was giving a talk on fresh produce.
Intrigued by how happy and friendly these hens were, no matter where you walked… these hens would follow. Left to roam freely outdoors, the hens knew to return to their chicken coop when darkness set in.
When buying eggs and on the packaging you might notice statements like, “Farm Fresh Eggs,” “Free Range Eggs” and “Cage Free Eggs” etc… research on google shows that these terms are often loosely used for marketing purposes and we the consumer… fooled into a sense of what truly is a “Happy Hen” laying “Happy Eggs.”
Packaging terms… open for debate!
Organic Eggs: These eggs will have standards relating to the feed ( no chemicals and antibiotics) and living conditions of the hens. These hens may also live in overly confined conditions.
Cage-Free: As it suggests, these hens are not kept in cages but may still be living in very confined and stressed conditions.
As the saying goes “never judge the
book packaging by its cover”! Most of us reach for the eggs on the supermarket shelf and pop them straight into our shopping basket… without giving the poor hens life a second thought. Mass production wins over in today’s society… but in the ideal world wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that every hen’s egg we consumed was laid by a hen allowed to roam freely outdoors. Also, access to trees and hedges to lay eggs under (egg hunt needed) or to hide. In the ideal world that hen would flap it’s feathers, strut around, scratch and peck at the natural ground beneath its feet and behave like a happy healthy hen and lay happy fresh eggs… just like Henrietta, Rosie, Bride, Moon and Shelly.
Do you buy Free Range Eggs? Do you favor eggs with brown shells over eggs with white shells?