Two local egg sources - which would you buy from?
#1 Local gal that works at a near by business that sells eggs on the side that she brings in from her farm everyday. She has told me that they are free range and i think she supplements with average chicken feed. In the summer the yolks are all different colors usually very dark. She sells them for $1.00 DZ
#2 Local organic farmer, sells organic certified eggs. He feeds them high quality chicken feed that contains no soy or corn. Not sure how free range they are. The eggs are big and consistant. He sells them right now for $4.00 dz
Ask more questions. Barring the ability to ask questions, get a dozen(or half) of each.
Healthy Free Range eggs will have a Thicker Shell, and a Larger and Darker Yolk.
buy a half dozen CAFO eggs($0.60?) at Walmart to compare.
Conventional Feed sucks. Dark Yolks are promising however.
Big and Consistent is not how wild chicken eggs look, just saying.
If the yolks are various shades of dark yellow to rich orange but only in the summer months, they're free rangers. I should know, I have chickens... they're free range, and the yolks come in various shades. Also... an assortment of different breeds of chicken will also give way to multiple yolk shades.
I would ask more questions until I got the answers I needed. Having an "impression" isn't enough info for me. Of course we would prefer pastured, truly free range eggs. So find out if you can actually get those.
I would go with the $4/dozen because of the lack of soy and corn in the feed. But this is just because I already have thyroid issues and am really trying to not consume any soy even indirectly.
But before doing that I would talk to the first farmer and ask her if she wouldn't mind switching to non-soy feed, and ask her how much that would change the cost of her eggs. I think that farmer is doing a disservice to herself charging less for her product than it is worth.
I like the lack of soy in the second seller's feed but I like the chickens being able to run around outside even better. It's not that easy to find soy-free feed. If you've got a major soy sensitivity or thyroid problems I'd go for seller number two but if neither of those situations apply to you, I'd double-check the first seller's claim about "free range" and if it checks out, go with her instead.
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