True free range birds always have access to the outside with appropriate shelter always nearby. Guarded by our livestock guardian dogs we are always looking to improve our soil health to grow the best pasture for our birds to do their favorite bird things.
Potential benefits of pasture-raised eggs compared to conventional eggs.
Better animal welfare: Pasture-raised hens have access to open pasture and can engage in natural behaviors like pecking, scratching, and foraging. This can lead to happier, healthier birds and better-quality eggs.- Did you know birds raised in confinement often need to be debeaked?
More nutritious: Pasture-raised eggs may be more nutritious than conventional eggs. Studies have found that pasture-raised eggs may contain higher levels of vitamins A, E, and D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
Better taste: Many people find that pasture-raised eggs have a richer, more flavorful taste compared to conventional eggs.
Lower environmental impact: Pasture-raised eggs can have a lower environmental impact than conventional eggs. See Farming Practices
There have been several studies comparing the nutritional quality of free-range eggs to conventional eggs. One of the most comprehensive studies was conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, which compared the nutrient content of eggs from hens raised in three different systems: conventional cages, enriched cages, and free-range systems.
The study found that free-range eggs had higher levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids compared to eggs from hens raised in conventional cages. The researchers also noted that free-range eggs had lower levels of saturated fat and cholesterol compared to conventional eggs.
Another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition compared the nutrient content of eggs from hens raised on pasture to those from hens raised in cages. The study found that pasture-raised eggs had higher levels of vitamin E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids compared to eggs from caged hens.
While there is still some debate over the nutritional benefits of free-range and pasture-raised eggs, these studies suggest that there may be some advantages to choosing eggs from hens raised on pasture.
We know from soil samples and hay samples that the actual nutrition of a product raised on land is hugely impacted by the quality of the soil. Stay tuned for more on this.
All pastures are not created equally and since we are new farmers to this land we have a lot of work ahead of us to get our and up to par. Know though, that we work hard to carefully balance diets based off scientific information for the healthiest, most nutritious product.