1. What are Caged, Cage-free & Free Range Eggs
Caged Eggs : Battery cages are the predominant form of housing for laying hens worldwide. On average, each caged laying hen is afforded less space than a single sheet of A4 sized paper to live her entire life. Unable even to spread their wings, caged laying hens are among the most intensively confined animals in agribusiness. Densely populated birds are forced to live in a in-humane and often unhygenic environment to save feed, manpower, and electricity costs.
Caged hens also suffer from the denial of many natural behaviors such as nesting, perching, and dustbathing, all important for hen welfare.
Cage-free Eggs : Cage-free hens are cared for in an ethical manner and housed humanely on deep litter. No cages are used and management of the bird’s environment takes into account behavioural requirements and provides for sufficient free movement, fresh air and natural daylight according to the needs of the birds. The hens are free to move and socially interact within the enclosure. Perching arrangements are provided for the birds to rest. Earthern nests are provided for birds to lay their eggs in a secure and private domain.
Free Range Eggs : Free-range eggs are eggs produced from birds that may be permitted outdoors. They have lot of free space, lot of fresh air and area for playing. They may travel in and out of the shed at free will. The chances of viral & bacterial disease is more in free range, since they can come in contact with wild birds & other animals.
2. Why do some Eggs have strong fishy odour?
Industrially farmed eggs are often fed cheap protein in the form of fishmeal or other animal by products. These eggs tend
to have a strong fish like smell and can be very off putting. At Keggfarms, our birds are fed a purely vegetarian diet producing healthier, odour free eggs.
3. Why do some Eggs have an Orange Yolk?
Egg yolks range in color from pale yellow to deep orange. The color of an egg’s yolk depends solely upon the hen’s diet.
Birds fed on a diet rich in corn produce a deeper yellow yolk colour as compared to birds fed on a diet of wheat and barley. More and more producers are choosing to add synthetic carotenoid food dyes to laying hens to get a desired yolk colour.
At Keggfarms our deep yellow yolks are a product of high corn content in the birds diets and No synthetic or artificial dyes are used to influence yolk colour.
4. Do Eggs have Expiry Dates?
Keggs® are infertile eggs produced in hygienic conditions, thus are not prone to spoilage. These eggs are laid by hens with
no male present and as such will never contain any living germplasm.
We recommend eggs are kept refrigerated and consumed as fresh as possible to enhance customer experience. We recommend a best before date of 20 days from the date of packing.
5. What are Blood Spots ?
Occasionally found on an egg yolk, these tiny spots do not indicate a fertilized egg. Instead, they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct due to heat stress.
6. What are Meat Spots ?
It’s actually a little malfunction on the part of the hen. These are usually little bits of the lining of the oviduct which got shed during the egg formation but some may be rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface when it’s being formed or
by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct. Eggs with blood spots and meat spots are fit to eat.
7. Why there is a thick skin layer (membrane) under the shell? Is it natural ?
Lying between the eggshell and egg white, these two transparent protein membranes provide efficient defence against bacterial invasion. If you give these layers a tug, you’ll find they’re surprisingly strong. They’re made partly of keratin,
a protein that’s also in human hair.
8. What are Desi Eggs?
Desi eggs are eggs produced by Country/Desi Chickens in India. Desi chickens are very small in size and compared to
commercially raised and organic chicken, its eggs are usually small in size,fertile & they also lay very few eggs in a year. One of the most obvious differences between commodity eggs and Desi eggs is the shell & yolk color. Desi eggs are off-whitish or a light brown in egg shell colour whereas most commodity eggs are white shelled.
9. What are Organic Eggs?
Organic eggs are produced using organic methods of production. In this process, the birds are fed organic feed & the hens are housed humanely in a cage-free natural environment. Organic feed is grown without the use of genetically
modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. If the crop is contaminated by cross-fertilization with GMOs, it is rendered useless for organic grading. With no antibiotic, harmones, chemical stimulants or any material of animal origin in our feed. We are essentially as close to organic as we can make them.