These delicious Backyard Eggs come from hens raised humanely, with at least 108 sqft of open pasture each. Our hens venture out from spacious barns each day, where they are free to enjoy fresh air and forage open fields. Because they’re pasture-raised, these hens thrive in the perfect environment to make terrific eggs.

Are pasture-raised eggs better for you?

Studies show that in comparison to regular factory farmed eggs, pasture-raised eggs have less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamins and omega 3s.

 

Is it OK to eat eggs?

There used to be some concern about the cholesterol levels, but more recent studies have shown that eggs actually contain a good mix of good and bad cholesterols, and that the protein, vitamins and omega-3 content more than makes up for any downsides.

 

What health benefits do eggs have?

Eggs contain balanced protein and vitamin levels. Proteins like Choline (great for brain function) and Betaine (great for your heart), and the carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin (which protect your eyes) are just some of the great nutrients in eggs.

 

What do the hens eat?

Our hens are out on pasture all year long, so a lot of what they eat comes from what they forage out in the pastures. Chickens are natural omnivores, which means that they’ll eat things from grass to worms!

 

We also make sure to provide them with a supplemental feed to make sure they have a balanced diet. The feed is made up of corn and unprocessed soybean meal.

 

Is there soy in the their feed?

Yes, the feed does contain unprocessed soymeal. While we appreciate that some people experience a certain sensitivity to soy, or may have health concerns about it, it is still the best source of the essential proteins and amino acids that our girls need to lay. We’ve also had our eggs tested, and they do typically have lower levels of isoflavones than conventional factory eggs.

 

Do you take hens from factories?

No. Unfortunately we are unable to free caged hens. Our organic chicks need to be fed Certified Organic feed from the second day after hatching to meet the organic standards.

 

What do you do with male chicks born on your farms?

As we do not have our own hatchery or breed any of our own hens, we never have male chicks born on any of our farms. And while our family farmers purchase their pullets (‘teenage’ hens) from suppliers that share our high standards of animal welfare, the culling of male chicks happens at even the best hatcheries.

 

What kind of hens do you have?

There are a number of commercial egg-laying breeds, but the ones that we use are Bovans Browns.

 

Why are the eggs brown?

Eggs color depends on the type of hen laying them. The brown eggs come from the Bovans Browns.

 

Are your egg laying hens the same as the hens we can eat?

No, our egg laying hens are not the same breed as any broiler chickens that you’ll find at the grocers.

 

What’s the difference between all your egg types?

All of our eggs are pasture-raised. The difference between each of these is in the certification of the supplemental feed, either USDA Certified Organic or Non-GMO Project verified feed.

 

What is Certified Humane?

Certified Humane® is considered to be the gold standard in animal welfare certification. You can read more about how Certified Humane® laying hen standards compare to other animal welfare certifications, as well as the National Organic Program, on their website.

 

What is USDA Certified Organic?

In addition to the feed, it also means the eggs were produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. They are required to have outdoor access and the eggs were washed and packed separately from non-organic eggs to prevent contamination.

 

What is Non-GMO Project Verified?

Non-GMO Project verification is focused on GMO content of various consumer products. For eggs, this means that they verify the hens’ feed is in compliance with the Non-GMO Project standards.

 

Where can I find your eggs?

You can find our eggs in Whole Foods nationwide.

 

Can I eat your eggs raw or uncooked?

We cannot recommend eating our eggs cooked to anything less that FDA guidelines.

 

Do you wash your eggs?

Yes, the USDA regulations require that we wash and clean our eggs before we pack them.

 

Why are some eggs different sizes?

Young hens tend to lay smaller eggs, so eggs get bigger with age – in general. Of course, as with any natural product, there is always some variation. We do our best to grade out the eggs so that you only get eggs of a certain size in your cartons.

 

Do you trim beaks?

We do use an infrared beak tipping process when they are one day old, but that’s only to reduce the sharpness of their beak hook to prevent them from causing each other harm.

 

Where are your farms?

All our family-owned farms are in southern states.

 

How is pasture-raising different from free-range?

Free-range means that birds must have access to outdoor areas and have a minimum of 2 sqft per bird. Pasture-raising offers the hens 108 sqft of pasture per bird. This means more outdoor access and room for forage and more sustainable land management.

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