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Our Hens

some of our chickens.JPG Eggsacting Standards

(Hens in the fields at Cozine Springs Ranch.)

Never Be Afraid Of The Egg

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods that nature provides for us.

Organic or Free Range Eggs-Which is better?

There are important differences. While the term " free-range" suggests a better way for chickens to live it doesn't necessarily mean that eggs from "free range" chickens are better for you. There are very few standards that "free range" egg producers are required to follow other than making sure that chickens are actually free ranged.(Which simply means not caged)

At Cozine Springs Ranch we are not certified Organic but we subscribe to all the tenants that guide that certification. We do not feed our chickens hormones, steroids or anbiotics as a practice. We only medicate an animal that is ill or injured. That is a very rare occurance in both instances. When it does happen we segregate the animal until it is completely well and the medicine has had time to work through and out of the birds system. We supplement their diets with vitamin and mineral enriched feeds when the season dictates the necessity to do that. They do occasionally receive cracked corn. We do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticdes in fields where our chickens free range.

What are the health benefits of Eggs? Egg protein is a great source of protein in food, and eggs are nutritional powerhouses.They contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by human beings. Egg yolks naturally contain vitamin D. Some people believe eating eggs raises levels of "bad" cholesterol , but actually saturated fat is responsible, and eggs contain very little saturated fat. Eggs are an excellent source of choline, essential for the function of all cells in the human body. White vs Brown Eggs? The color of the eggs' shell has nothing to do with the nutritional value,quality or flavor of the egg. Brown egg layers require good sources of nutrients in order to lay eggs with those qualities. By free ranging our chickens they have beautiful green grasses, bugs, worms and other natural sources of protein, vitamins and minerals that give their eggs dark yellow yolks and a flavor that is absolutely excellent!

Parting Note.

In most commercial egg operations chickens that begin to lay fewer eggs or stop laying altogether are sent off to be turned into animal food, soups, stews, etc. Here at Cozine Springs Ranch we are a small family owned ranch and we decided that once our chickens no longer lay they are free to stay and retire here for the rest of their lives. They all die from old age right here. It seems to be the fitting thing to do.

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Our Eggs

Mother Earth News Egg Study

(Eggs fresh from the nests at Cozine Springs Ranch.)

Mother Earth News completed a study in 2007 that outlined the benefits of pasture raised chickens. They studied 14 flocks in different areas of the United States. This is part of what they had to say:

Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 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 • 7 times more beta carotene

These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. We had six eggs from each of the 14 pastured flocks tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore. The chart at the end of this article shows the average nutrient content of the samples, compared with the official egg nutrient data from the USDA for “conventional” (i.e. from confined hens) eggs. The chart lists the individual results from each flock.

The 2007 results are similar to those from 2005, when we tested eggs from four flocks all managed as truly free range. But our tests are not the first to show that pastured eggs are more nutritious — see “Mounting Evidence” below for a summary of six studies that all indicated that pastured eggs are richer in nutrients than typical supermarket eggs.

We think these dramatically differing nutrient levels are most likely the result of the different diets of birds that produce these two types of eggs. True free-range birds eat a chicken’s natural diet — all kinds of seeds, green plants, insects and worms, usually along with grain or laying mash. Factory farm birds never even see the outdoors, let alone get to forage for their natural diet. Instead they are fed the cheapest possible mixture of corn, soy and/or cottonseed meals, with all kinds of additives — see “The Caged Hen’s Diet” below.

The conventional egg industry wants very much to deny that free-range/pastured eggs are better than eggs from birds kept in crowded, inhumane indoor conditions. A statement on the American Egg Board’s Web site says “True free-range eggs are those produced by hens raised outdoors or that have daily access to the outdoors.”

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