Our eggs come from happy, free-range hens. They are fenced in a large, movable area for their own protection and guarded by two lovely LGDs (livestock guardian dogs). There was once a time when we did not confine them at all, but the raccoons, owls, foxes, coyotes, and weasels have quickly ravaged entire flocks and we adjusted as necessary. Between the dogs and the fencing we have lost very few hens in the last year.
We feed our hens soy-free, organic feed, but a great deal of their diet is from forage in the pasture- that means BUGS! You should see the way they chase a grasshopper or beetle, and if they catch it, show it off to all the others before devouring the poor fellow. Chickens aren’t vegetarians. When you eat the egg of a field raised hen, you’re getting the best of the best!
We eat our eggs on a regular basis. At home, every now and again, we will rinse a an egg before eating, but only right before we cook it and on rare occasion. The natural cleanliness of the egg and the environment in which they are produced makes for an extra nutritious boost- organic, pastured eggs have been found to have:
MORE: Folic Acid, Vitamins B12, E, and A, Omega-3's and Beta Carotene
LESS: Fat, Cholestorol (not that all fats and cholesterols are bad!)
(For a detailed explanation, check out this blog; we've done the same side by side comparison- it's remarkable!)