Not All Eggs Are Created Equal

I was talking to someone about the eggs at the farmers market where they sell for $5 - $6 a dozen, and I the question came up,

"why would I spend $5 on eggs when I can get them for $.75 to $1 at the supermarket?"

That's a great question, and the answer is because not all eggs are created equally.

Factory Egg Production

Remember that farms are businesses and as such need to turn a profit. When you see those cheap, uniform size and color, eggs at the store, you have to realize that the way factory egg production keeps it's costs down is by using substandard feeds, limit the space available per hen, and use artificial lighting to increase the egg production cycle.

Substandard feed

Here’s the ingredients list from “16 percent Layer Crumbles,” a common feed designed for hens raised in confinement:

  • Grain Products

  • Plant Protein Products

  • Processed Grain Byproducts

  • Roughage Products

  • Forage Products [which means it could contain pretty much anything]

  • Vitamin A Supplement

  • Vitamin D3 Supplement

  • Vitamin E Supplement

  • Vitamin B12 Supplement

  • Riboflavin Supplement

  • Niacin Supplement

  • Calcium Pantothenate