Caged eggs come from hens that live their entire lives confined in small wire cages, indoors. Typically a hen has only a small space, that’s smaller than a piece of printer paper.
Cage-free hens have no outdoor access and spend their whole lives inside the shed. They are free from cage confinement in order to roam inside the shed but mostly hens have only the space that’s smaller than 2 pieces of standard letter paper side by side.
Farm made hens roam outdoors everyday on open pasture. They have lot of free space, lot of fresh air, and areas for playing, lot of greens to feed on and safe place to rest. They may travel in and out of the shed at free will. We let hens be hens.
|Uncaged||Free to walk & Nest Inside the farm||Outdoor Access, Feed on Greens & Play|
|Cage Free Hens||Yes||Yes||No|
|Free Range Hens||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Contrary to popular belief, these tiny spots do not indicate a fertilized egg or the presence of a disease. Rather, they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct. As an egg ages, the yolk takes up water from the albumen to dilute the blood spot so, in actuality, a blood spot indicates that the egg is fresh. Both chemically and nutritionally, these eggs are fit to eat. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish.
Most meat spots are tiny pieces of tissue from the hen’s oviduct. They are usually brown in colour. They range in size from 0.5 mm to more than 3 mm in diameter. They are sterile and harmless. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish. Many meat spots are too small to be detected by candling, especially in brown eggs.
The layer is a natural membrane formed in each egg. The thickness varies from egg to egg. The membrane is little thick in brown eggs comparatively.
Egg shell membrane is the clear film lining an egg shell. Two protein fibre membranes reside between the albumen and the inner surface of the shell. The thickness of the two membranes range between 73 to 114 µm and varies with breed. The outer shell membrane is attached firmly to the shell by numerous cones on the inner shell surface.
So don’t worry. It’s 100% natural!
Interestingly, in some hens that lay brown eggs, eating too much canola or rapeseed meal can cause a fishy smell in the eggs. Not all hens are affected by the process that causes the smell. The smell is caused by the accumulation of trimethylamine (TMA) in the yolk. Most hens metabolise the TMA into another (odourless) compound, but some brown egg hens don't do that as efficiently, so in some cases you may end up with fishy smelling eggs. White egg hens are not affected by this process.
The fishy smelling eggs are safe to eat. Even after cooking in some cases the eggs smell can be strong.
No, the eggs are not dyed! It’s the work of our beautiful hens.
This comes down to some basic science. The egg shell is composed mainly of calcium carbonate, which is white.
Brown eggshells contain the pigment protoporphyrin IX(a by-product of haemoglobin) which is found only on the surface of the shell. Brown pigment is applied during the formation of the last layer of the egg, the bloom or cuticle. In some eggs the brown pigment can be rubbed off, as soon as it laid. Some brown eggs might lose some colour during boiling as well. It’s normal in brown eggs. Nothing to worry. Its 100% safe to consume.
Egg yolk colour can range from pale yellow to deep almost orange hue. The colour of the yolk is influenced by the type of feed the chickens have ingested. Corn based feed generally has a darker yolk.
Yolk colour does not affect the flavour, nutritive value or quality of the egg.
Egg shell colour variations are natural. The colour variations in the egg shell are due to the deposition of pigment called porphyrins during the formation of the egg.
Shell colour has no effect of the egg quality, flavour and nutritional value. Farm Made™ free range eggs shell colour varies from tan to dark brown.