- The incredible edible egg is a nutrient dense food as it contains every major vitamin and mineral except vitamin C.
- Eggs are a complete protein food because eggs have all nine of the essential amino acids (as well as all nine non-essential amino acids). Scientist use the egg as the standard by which all other protein foods are judged. On a scale with 100 representing highest efficiency, eggs surpass all other foods at 93.7.
- Eggs are a very versatile food. They can be eaten alone and used in hundreds of recipes from baked goods to ice cream.
- Eggs are inexpensive, averaging from $1 to $2 a pound depending upon how the hens are raise and what they are fed.
- Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing eggs, a high quality, protein-dense food, to citizens in this great state. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage and cage-free eggs.
- As Colorado Egg Farmers, we care about how all of our chickens are treated. While no system is perfect, we ensure our chickens receive the best care possible within both the cage and cage-free systems.
- Colorado Egg Farmers believe in proper stewardship to our communities and our chickens. We use scientific principles in our production practices to produce a safe and wholesome product for consumers while adhering to the best possible animal husbandry standards.
- As an association, we were the first state to develop and implement an Animal Care Doctrine. Each of our producers and members have signed this Doctrine and are committed to the best possible care of chickens based on scientific principles and animal husbandry standards.
- Producing more than a billion eggs every year, Colorado Egg Farmers rank 9th in state commodities and provide employment for more than 230 farm families.
- Hens produce between 250 and 265 eggs per year. The average person consumes approximately 250 eggs per year . . . so one of our hens has your name on it and we take care of her so you will always have this affordable, high quality food.
- No hormones or stimulants are ever used in commercial egg farming in the United States.
- In processing, eggs are graded for interior and exterior quality. Grade AA is the highest quality, then Grade A and finally Grade B. The fresher the egg, the higher the grade. Eggs are inspected for cracks, dirt, internal and shell defects which will also affect the quality and ultimately the grade of an egg.
- The size of the egg is based on the weight. A dozen large eggs must weigh at least 24 ounces. Younger hens often produce smaller eggs and as they age will begin laying larger eggs.
- The surface of an egg shell has over 10,000 pores. Over time, air transfers in and out of these tiny pores which will begin to cause the quality of the egg to decrease. We recommend buying refrigerated eggs with good dates to ensure the freshest eggs possible. Older eggs are best suited for hard-boiling as they are easier to peel due to increased levels of air trapped inside the shell. The smaller the “air cell” the fresher the egg; the larger the air cell the older the egg.
- Eggs come in many varieties…white, brown, fertile, cage free, nutritionally enhanced, organic, free range and more. The color of the shell is determined by the breed of the hen. Generally a brown feathered hen with red earlobes will produce a brown egg and a white feathered hen with white earlobes will produce a white egg. There is no nutritional difference between a brown or white egg, however you can increase the nutritional content of an egg through altering the hen’s diet.
- Most eggs sold in supermarkets today are from modern caged or conventional housing where the hen share space with about 5 to 6 other hens, have access the feed and water and can stretch their wings. Cage-free eggs come from hens free to roam, perch, scratch and nest inside a large barn with several thousand other hens. Organic eggs come from hens fed a strict diet made up of only organically grown feed ingredients. The hens live most of their day in a barn with many other hens but have some access to the outdoors. Free Range hens spend most of their time on pasture with little access to the indoors. Whatever system the hens are raised in requires care from properly trained personnel. No one system is perfect but offers the consumer a choice in the eggs he or she purchases.
Food safety and disease prevention is of major importance to the Colorado egg farmer as well. Vaccinations are routinely administered to flocks to protect against disease. Proper wash water , storage and transportation temperatures are monitored to ensure egg quality is never compromised.