We frequently receive compliments about the dark, rich color of our egg yolks, especially when compared to the light, pale egg yolks from factory farms.
What causes a richer, darker egg yolk color?
The answer is, not surprisingly, the hen’s diet. Our Nellie’s Free Range hens receive a high-quality feed mixture of protein sources, minerals, and essential elements to help them thrive. But, contrary to what some people think, hens are not vegetarians. The feed they get at Nellie’s is vegetarian and contains no animal by-products (or antibiotics), but when they get to head outside every day, the world is their oyster, so to speak. They love to nibble on clover and whatever other tasty flora they can find in the pasture. They also love to eat worms and insects, which is another great source of protein for them.
The combination of our healthy feed mix and whatever they can forage for outside is what creates the deep, full egg yolk color you see.
Are darker egg yolks more nutritious?
You can’t judge on that basis alone, but more than likely, darker yolks like ours have been fed a richer, healthier diet.
We’re proud of the free range lives our hens lead and we love that their happiness can translate into your happiness with a better egg.
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