Here on The Lawson Farm, we pride ourselves in the way we raise our laying hens and our meat birds. Both are raised on pasture, but what the heck does that mean?
You may see us post on Facebook referring to our pasture raised eggs and pasture raised whole chickens. Today I'm going to explain exactly why pasture raised is the golden standard in the chicken world.
Pasture Raised Eggs
First let us discuss pasture raised eggs. Our chickens are in a mobile coop, moved 1-2 times per week. I have so many people ask, but why not just let them free range the property?
Chickens are creatures of habit. When chickens free range, they tend to go to the same spots. Whether this be over a few hours or a few days. As time goes on these spots can become bare.
Did I also mention chickens are super destructive if you have any plant life around? Anything from flowers around your home to your vegetable garden if you do not take measures to protect them.
Ok back to the eggs. Free range eggs are better than those eggs found in the grocery store, but pasture raised eggs are the golden standard.
These chickens live mostly on grass and bugs, making the eggs rich in vitamins.
A study done in Oregon found that pasture raised eggs have 7x more beta carotene (supports immune health), 2/3 more vitamin A (eye & vision health), 2x more omega-3 fatty acids (heart health), 1/4 less saturated fat, 1/3 less cholesterol, and 3x more Vitamin E (skin and immune health), when compared to the conventional egg.
They also contain 6x more vitamin D, meaning that if you eat 2 pasture raised eggs, you will likely get your entire dose of vitamin D for the day.
Now is that not that amazing about 1 little egg. I like to think so. Happy chickens make delicious eggs!
Here on the farm, we have pasture raised eggs available daily, contact us to try yours!