Difference in yolk color: Most of the yolk coloring comes from the grass and other green plant material eaten by the chickens. Being that we are located in central NY, our yolks may appear paler during the months when green plant material is less readily available. We strive to give our chickens the best supplemental feed which means we may have to change feed suppliers from time to time. This change may also cause a variation in yolk color. Some farms feed their chickens a color additive to ensure a consistent yolk color, we have chosen not to do that.
Blood spots: Blood spots are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface when it’s being formed. Although they are very unappealing, they are actually safe to eat when the egg is cooked properly. Brown eggs are more likely to have blood spots as they can not be easily seen during the candling process. Fresh eggs are also more likely to have blood spots than older eggs. Over time, most will dissolve into the yolk and become unnoticeable.
Double yolks: A double yolk occurs in an egg when a chicken releases two yolks into the same shell. Double yolks are usually produced by young chickens or very old chickens. Most conventional egg producers will send double yolk eggs or any irregular eggs to be made into liquid eggs. We choose to still sell the double yolk eggs in cartons, because they are completely safe to eat and most customers enjoy the novelty of it.
Shell washing: We wash our eggs with water and a very small amount of diluted organic apple cider vinegar only, no chlorine, wax or soaps.
About Our Chickens
About Our Eggs
Diet: All of our chickens have access to outdoor pasture, where they enjoy eating a variety of plants and insects. When they are not feasting outdoors they are fed an organic, soy-free, multi-grain feed ration.
Hormones/Antibiotics: We do not use hormones or antibiotics when raising or treating our chickens. The use of antibiotics is prohibited with organic certification.
Housing: Our chickens live in a cage-free barn with access to outdoor pasture.