The First Eggs!

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A couple of days ago we got our first eggs from the chickens, commonly called pullet eggs.  They are much smaller than the eggs from fully adult laying hens.  They are just as tasty, however.  Note that the egg on the right is from one of our hens, the one on the left being from a commercially available egg producer.  The yolk of our egg is a considerably deeper orange shade as the chickens are pastured every day and eat a lot of grass which makes the eggs more orange.  When our hens eat grass they ingest yellow-orange plant pigments called xanthophylls that give the yokes the deep orange color.  These pigments are related to carotenes that give the orange coloring to carrots and many other vegetables.

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