Eggs are one of nature’s most perfect protein sources. That’s why the average American eats more than 260 eggs each year.¹
“At just 70 calories, each large two-ounce (57 gram) egg provides six grams of digestible protein,” says Gordon Ballam, Ph.D., a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition. “With 18 of the 20 amino acids and all 10 essential amino acids in abundance, eggs have an excellent amino acid profile.”²
Following are five key farm fresh egg benefits:
1. The power to choose
Our family joined the farm fresh egg movement because we are able to choose everything for our birds, from housing to healthcare and from feed to entertainment. This allows us the ability to ensure that our birds enjoy the highest quality of life while living in a natural environment free from confinement. These choices impact the eggs the hens produce.
2. Local support
Farm fresh eggs are an opportunity to support your local economy and ecosystem, Backyard chickens offer benefits by naturally fertilizing, managing insects and controlling weeds. Their impact then connects to the community with the purchase of local supplies and shared camaraderie.
3. Undeniable freshness
Farm fresh eggs can be collected within minutes, providing convenient, homegrown food. We enjoy visits to the backyard each morning to greet our pets and gather freshly laid eggs. With farm fresh eggs, you get the added benefits of fresh flavor and can store them for up to 30 days in the refrigerator versus your typical grocery store eggs that may be over two weeks old before reaching shelves.
4. Enhanced flavor and color
Feel-good point number four: flavor and color. Farm fresh eggs are known for having rich, vibrant yolks and firm, clear whites. This is because specific feed ingredients are responsible for taste and appearance. For example, marigold extract impacts yolk color while added calcium promotes stronger shells.
Our chickens enjoy a natural free range diet supplemented with only the best chicken feed. We include exta calcium in their diet by grinding up their eggs shells after eating the eggs and adding it their food. They are also supplemented with organically grown vegetables straight from the ranch.
5. Added nutrition
Perhaps the top feel-good reason about farm fresh eggs is their potential nutritional benefits, For those with heart issues or high cholesterol, recent studies indicate that pasture raised eggs have higher amounts of omega 3s, 1/3 less cholesterol and 25% less saturated fat . Added to these benefits is increased amounts of Vitamin A and E. Vitamin A helps in all sorts of areas including vision, skin health, immune function, and so much more. Vitamin E is key for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes.
 American Egg Board: http://www.aeb.org/farmers-and-marketers/industry-overview. 29 June 2016.
 “Egg Nutrition Center.” American Egg Board. http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org/egg-101/. 10 June 2016.
I am a wife, mother, registered nurse and owner/operator of R and J Ranch. I am committed to living a sustainable lifestyle and ensuring the best nutrition for my family.