We don’t feel that we have to write an essay on the nutritional benefits of eggs. Nor do we feel that we have to tell you how delicious eggs are. What we do feel compelled to tell you is how much more delicious “home made” eggs are, versus store-bought eggs.
To the left is a photo of two eggs (the image was taken from the Dalby Farm Country Store page, because we didn’t feel like buying a dozen eggs for a photo op). Immediately you’ll notice a difference: the store-bought egg has that nice shiny neon yellow yolk, while the “home-made” egg is a darker, rich, almost golden color. Some folks will tell you organic vs. free-range vs. whatever, but pretty much, all home-grown eggs are like this. And the taste is a richer, more “eggy” flavor, not a thin, sulfur-y taste.
So yes. “freshly squeezed buttnuggets” are well worth it.
Something else that you’ll typically find more often in home-grown eggs are double and triple yolks. The photo to the right is actually from one of our customers who was so thrilled to get a couple double-yolkers in one dozen, she had to post it on Facebook. Again, you can see the yolks are a rich golden color, the classic trademark of a good home-grown egg. (Double yolks are not typical, by the way, just more likely than with store-bought eggs for some reason.)
Okay, so I think that we’re all agreed that home-grown eggs are better than store-bought eggs. Well, unless you like old sad, boring, thin-tasting sulfurbombs. And if you do, that’s okay with us! We’re not going to judge you for your poor taste in eggs.
Our eggs are Grade A Large (at a minimum) brown. We will also have, on a VERY limited basis, white eggs, and for those who prefer a touch of the exotic, a VERY limited run of Silkie eggs, which while smaller than “regular” eggs, pack a ton of flavor inside every shell. And we do mean very limited, since we have only two silkies. We don’t scrub our eggs, but we do wipe them down before we bring them to you, just to knock off the pine shavings and other miscellany that might be on them. If you prefer completely untouched eggs (one that are squeezed out then tossed in the carton, regardless of what might be on them), let us know and we can accommodate that as well.
Our hens are as close the “free-ranged” as we care to let them. I always find it funny when someone on a poultry group on Facebook complains because a predator wiped out their flock, and then they add “yes, I free-range them”. For the uneducated, the fence is there to keep predators away from the flock, not to keep the flock cooped up (no pun intended). Our girls enjoy a large solid coop, with lots of roosts and shelves and other spot to play around on, and an equally large solid run, which is covered by a roof and a wall on the western side to keep a bulk of the wind out. They have the freedom to cluck around the run, looking for scratch (or roosting, or playing on one of their chicken swings), or they can nap in the coop, or grab a drink of water, or whatever it is that chickens do throughout they day when they aren’t making breakfast.
Our girls are fed high quality Nutrena pellets, and receive a generous amount of scratch every day, to include crumbled oyster shells for calcium. During the winter, they get some extra cracked corn to help them stay warm. Overall, you would be hard-pressed to find a happier flock of birds. And great-tasting eggs come from happy birds.