Minka Farm chickens live outside and because they are pasture-reared, the eggs also carry the benefits of a more complete diet that includes greens and bugs. Our layers are Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World. To see the care and feeding standards we use in raising our chickens, check out A Greener World’s website. The dark yolks are testament to the varied and complete diet the chickens get by foraging along with eating a complete, local feed. In 2007, Mother Earth News published the results of their egg study on the differences in eggs laid by pasture-raised and commercially-raised (indoor) hens. In 2008, Mother Earth News continued their egg study and found that even Vitamin D levels are higher in pasture-raised hens – 4-6 times higher!
We collect eggs 2-3 times each day. The eggs are washed in a dedicated room with an automated egg washer. We then candle the eggs to look for problems with the eggs: cracked shells, signs of older eggs that had been well hidden, and blood spots. Because of the colors of the egg shells, sometimes we miss small blood spots. Eggs with blood spots, if kept refrigerated, are safe. The spots are NOT a baby chick starting to grow – they are just from the hen’s body laying the egg before it was completely ready. They are most often seen in very young and very old hens. They are safe to eat if cooked with the rest of the egg, but you can usually remove them easily with a fork if you find them unappetizing.