How to Tell If Your Eggs Came From a Sick Chicken (plus how to find healthy eggs if they did)
We all love eggs, especially for breakfast. Some like them fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled, but a better egg always makes a better breakfast. However, you may have been unaware that you have been eating unhealthy eggs your entire life.
Primarily, a healthy egg comes from a healthy chicken, for the nutrients enjoyed by a well-fed chicken are passed on to their eggs. 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.
Studies support the importance of good nutrition in chickens. Increasing DHA levels in a chicken’s diet affected the omega-3 fatty acids found in its eggs, according to the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. The Oxford Journal published a report which notes that increasing a chicken’s intake of beta carotene increases the amount of beta carotene in its eggs.
You need to learn how to tell which eggs are good and healthy. When you’re deciding whether to buy from a local farm or keep looking, always consider the following things:
Yolk color: The ideal color for an egg yolk is not bright or light yellow. Chicken egg yolks should be orange—the deeper the color, the better. Compare a few different eggs to see the colors and ensure that your supplier offers good eggs. Give orange-yolked eggs a try. If you do, you won’t want to go back once you taste the difference.
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: An egg should be fairly difficult to crack if it’s really healthy. If you barely tap an egg and it cracks, then it should not be your choice. The richer a chicken’s diet and the greater its overall health, the stronger the shells of its eggs are.
How To Find The Right Eggs?
The growth of the agricultural industry and the increase in homesteading gave plenty of options for supplying good and healthy eggs.
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, you should probably try their eggs and enjoy their taste and nutrients.
Also, in case you have space for a few chickens, you may well be able to raise your own chickens. They can eat the scraps from your garden, keep your bug population down, and give you the most delicious eggs you’ve ever had.