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Backyard Chicken Eggs

The egg on the left came from one of our backyard hens. The egg on the right came from the store but from a supposedly local source.


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Aug. 17th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Difference in taste?
Aug. 17th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Backyard vs Industrial Eggs
Yes. Very much so.

Our backyard chickens' summer eggs come from grass, bugs, kitchen scraps, and a bit of scratch grain.

The store-bought egg came from a chicken that I suspect lives on a diet of processed corn.
Aug. 18th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: Backyard vs Industrial Eggs
Or other ground up chickens :/

Luckily in New Zealand the free-range store bought eggs I get are not much more expensive and have really orange yokes like your backyard one.
Aug. 18th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Backyard vs Industrial Eggs
Good deal. When I lived in Australia, I noticed that there was a lot more consciousness around food, the environment, and agriculture than there is here in the States. I imagine the situation would be similar in New Zealand. I think a much higher percentage of Aussies and Kiwis will survive the collapse of industrial agriculture than will people here in the US who, on the whole, actually seem to think that the food they eat comes from the store where they buy it.
Aug. 19th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: Backyard vs Industrial Eggs
Yup, there are quite a few people who are switched on about such things, but then there are others who don't care and they'll always be people who just don't want to think too hard about where their food comes from.

It's hard to say what the proportion is though, since I generally have more contact with the switched on people!
Aug. 17th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
If you pick up "Bug Fed Chicken Eggs," they look very similar. I've only had them once, and I can't remember where I got them. I remeber how the yokes were very dark.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Orange Yokes
Eggs that we got in Peru and Thailand had those deep red/orange yokes and had a lot more eggy taste than people used to store-bought industrial eggs expect when they bite into a bit of fried egg on toast.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Orange Yokes
Check out this article.
Aug. 19th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: Orange Yokes
I read the article. I saw the obvious relevance of this:
Animals cannot produce xanthophylls, and thus xanthophylls found in animals (e.g. in the eye) come from their food intake. The yellow color of chicken egg yolks also comes from ingested xanthophylls.

...but I wasn't sure what to make of the article on the whole or what you wanted me to take away from it.
Aug. 19th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Orange Yokes
I was just implying that your chickens must be eating well. They are probably happy chickens. Those are probably happy eggs!
Aug. 19th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Orange Yokes
Yeah, I think they're very happy chickens. And, while they don't know it, they're very lucky chickens.

Most chickens who pass their short miserable lives in the "First world" never see the sky or scratch in the dirt. Our chickens turn bugs into delectable food for my family.

Aug. 18th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
The book The Omnivore's Dilemma</a> talks a bit about the differences (aesthetic & nutritional) among industrial, organic, and truly free-range eggs, among other topics relevant to food source economics, ethics, and cuisine. Highly recommended, if you haven't read it yet.

What resources do you recommend for learning about keeping chickens?
Aug. 18th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Hey Eva,

Oh yes. I've read all of Michael Pollan's books. He's easily my favorite contemporary writer of non-fiction. I'm on his mailing list too, so I get notified every time he has a new article out. I usually post links to those.

As for chicken resources, the resource that's been most valuable to me is my grandmother. I don't have any books on keeping chickens, but when I have a specific question, I usually start with Google. I did interview a woman who's written many books on small scale farming including several books on chickens. I haven't read her books, but I know from speaking with her that she is very knowledgeable on the topic.

Her name is Carol Ekarius, and you can find a list of her books on her website:


You can hear my interview with her in C-Realm Podcast #6:


Show notes found here:

Aug. 18th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: The Omnivore's Dilemma
Thanks! I know a couple other people who keep backyard chickens, too, so I have multiple people to ask questions.

I think Michael Pollan has just become one of my favorite nonfiction writers, too (I don't think he can be my favorite, though,because he'd have to unseat both Daniel Dennett and Douglas Hofstadter).
Aug. 18th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)

lucky YOU!!
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