Our pastured broiler chickens are transitioned to an outdoor chicken tractor as soon as they are old enough to be away from their heat lamps. A chicken tractor is a bottomless coop that we drag to fresh pasture once or twice per day. This allows the chickens to eat grass and insects while fertilizing the pasture and cleaning up after the cows. Our chickens are processed right here on the farm.
Our pastured eggs are delicious and have that telltale yolk, brightly colored and springy, from days spent foraging for grass and insects in sunshine and fresh air. The hens’ portable coop is moved every three days so that they always have fresh greens. Our eggs are an Easter basket array of light brown, dark brown, green, and white.
A study was conducted this year at a laboratory in Oregon comparing the nutrients in pastured eggs from 14 different farms to that of a conventional egg as published by the USDA. These studies show that compared to conventional eggs, pastured eggs have:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta-carotene