I was going to do a side-by-side comparison of my "yard fresh" eggs with the all-natural eggs from the farmer's market. But my mom didn't get any this week, and the ones I had in the fridge, while still good, are a few weeks old. I didn't really think that would be fair.
But my eggs would have won anyways.
The first thing I noticed was that the shell was extremely hard. I don't feed any supplemental calcium, just standard Nutrena layer crumbles, some table scraps, and whatever they find while free ranging. I did get some oyster shell bits for winter, though, since they won't be able to range as much.
The second surprise was how orange the yolks were. I had thought that the orange yolks from the market eggs were bright, and they certainly are when compared to a store-bought, factory-farmed egg. But the yolk from my hens were BRIGHT orange. The egg white was also a yellowish color, not clear. How orange everything was became even more obvious once the eggs were cooked...
|No Photoshopping. The eggs are really this color!|
|It looks like I made scrambled yolks!|