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Pasture Raised Eggs

March 28th, 2012

Hens raised on pasture lay an egg with real flavor, taste, texture and a bright yolk. Along with great taste, you can enjoy these eggs knowing that the bird’s pasture lifestyle is far superior to their confinement cousins. The birds’ welfare does affect the quality of their eggs. Our layers live on our 30 acres of lush green pasture. They are moved twice a week and are never on the same spot twice in one season. Their spacious paddock allows at least 15’ Sqft. per bird, where they chase bugs and graze for succulent grasses. Compare this to the so called “free range” eggs who might go outside and get less then 2’ Sqft. of concrete per bird or the caged birds who get only a half square foot per bird for living. It’s not just about more space; we don’t trim their beaks as they need them intact to forage and they have no need for antibiotics or other remedies for overcrowding.

Better for the Birds

We move the birds to a fresh area of pasture twice a week to keep up with their ravenous appetites for green grass. (Click to see photos of Moving the Birds.) Our ladies roam about scratching for grains, eating grasses, clovers and catching the occasional grasshopper between preening and dust baths. We have their houses, feeders and water within a netting system to keep the birds in their 1/3 acre paddock and the predators out.

In our flocks we have Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Golden sexlinks, Cuckoo Marans, Welsummers and Araucanas. (Click to see more about the breeds of our ladies.) Each hen lays a different color egg, from light brown to blue green to a dark brown egg.  The egg color is determined by the breed of bird, while flavor and nutrition is determined by the way they live.

The Freshest

We collect eggs each evening out in the field. There are plenty of shavings in each nest; we have one nest for every 5 birds. Once washed and packed we deliver them to Portland area stores, restaurants, and the Beaverton Farmers Market. Our goal is to have our eggs on the shelf three days after they were laid. The fresher the egg, the richer the taste and firmer the texture. (Click to see photos of Egg Collecting & Washing.)

Better for You

With all the exercise, sunshine, grasses, clean water and fresh air, pasture raised eggs have:  (Learn more about this research at Mother Earth News.)

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene

Food With Real Integrity

 

These photos are not staged. This is how our birds spend their days. They are on green pasture for nine months of the year. In the winter we keep them warm and cozy in a large greenhouse with outdoor runs. Our poultry and eggs have real integrity, the bright yolks and rich flavor cannot be duplicated in industrial confinement conditions. Try our eggs and you’ll see for yourself the difference the pasture makes.

“Eggs from happy chickens that live on grass and eat a diverse diet are magic. If you doubt this just check out the yolk…bright yellow, sometimes orange. You can rest assured that Champoeg Farm chickens get their fill of both.”   Piper Davis – Grand Central Bakery

Downloadable info on Pasture Raised Eggs.

 

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