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National Chicken Month

We're not even going to touch the age old chicken or the egg debate...but since May is National Egg Month, we thought it would be a great time to share some "egg"cellent facts...

Did you know that chickens are one of the earliest domesticated animals with records showing that hens were kept for laying as early as 1400 B.C.? 

Eggs, and chickens, find themselves on social media quite often, and sometimes the facts aren't quite right.  So we thought that National Egg Month was the perfect time to share some facts about eggs.

For example, the color of the egg shell is determined by the breed of chicken (yes there are different breeds of chickens just like there are different breeds of dogs, cows, etc.).  The color of the shell has absolutely no impact on the health or quality of the egg...though in general hens that lay brown eggs tend to be slightly bigger than those that lay white, and therefore take more feed, which is why many times brown eggs cost more in the store!

The color of the yolk is influenced by the plant pigments found in the chicken's feed, which is why chickens who have to forage more for their food can have a slightly different colored yolk than those who are fed a consistent diet in a chicken house.

And we thought this was interesting...most double yolk eggs come from younger hens while older hens tend to produce slightly larger eggs.

Check out some other fun facts about eggs!  (Click on the image to download or print a PDF version).

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Monday, May 27, 2019
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