Wednesday, February 6, 2013

On The Farm -- Meet Our Chickens


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Can you imagine a rooster sitting on a fence crowing at the break of dawn to wake you up?  Well, in truth, relying on a rooster to wake you up is just a romantic fantasy.  Rooters crow for various reasons, and different roosters crow at different time in the morning and throughout the day for that matter.  So, why even have a rooster?  Well, they are fun to watch -- and their constant crowing reminds us that we are in the country.



Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm




Cedarmere Farm



Cedarmere Farm


Our pretty little layers


Once you've eaten fresh eggs from pasture-raised chickens, there is no turning back!  Taste is not the only reason for eating pasture-raised eggs; they are nutritionally superior to eggs from caged chickens.  Testing done by "Mother Earth News" found that eggs from pasture-raised hens, on average, 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, and 7 times more beta carotene than the USDA standard for commercial eggs.  http://www.motherearthnews.com/eggs.aspx#ixzz2JJZWokTT

A study by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education found similar results: 34% less cholesterol, 10% less fat, 40% more vitamin A, 2 times as much omega-6 fatty acids, and 4 times as much omega-3 fatty acids as the USDA standard for commercial eggs.  http://mysare.sare.org/mySARE/ProjectReport.aspx?do=viewRept&pn=FNE99-248&y=1999&t=1

There is a lot of information about the nutritional value of pasture-raised eggs online, including the differences between "pasture-raised" and "free-range."  You can start with 
http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/cage-vs-range-eggs-2872.html

Healthy and happy chickens look great too!


Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm

Cedarmere Farm


Next time you have a chance, go to a farmers market and buy some pasture-raised chickens.  You will love them.  Although they are more expensive, they are definitely worth it!


                                                                  Christa

2 comments:

  1. Christa... I stopped by to visit your blog after reading about the lovely gift you put together for Jane! What a wonderful friend and such a sweet offering! Love...love your chicks! I live in a small town in the South where wild chickens roam the streets! Your little brood looks well and happy. I agree about the eggs... It's difficult to go back to store-bought once you have access to farm fresh! Nothing better than a sour cream pound cake made with 8 straight from the hen house eggs!

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    1. Hi Susan, would you share your sour cream pound cake? It sounds deeelicious! Christa

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