Backyard Eggs Vs Store Bought Eggs

As it turns out, I am not the best video person in the World. But, in the name of food, I must move past my comfort level and get my video on.

This video is a bit surprising. The end could be a little confusing and unexpected. With a little more learning and understanding it all makes sense. Have you ever wondered, are pasture-raised store-bought eggs better or worse then backyard eggs?

Watch the video see a comparison.

Due to the length of the video I edited out some great questions at the end. You can find the answers to those questions as well as other common questions below.

  1. What are pasture raised eggs?

Pasture raised eggs are eggs that are laid by chickens that mainly eat on grass land and are free to roam in a large grassy area. Learn more about Eggs and their Labels here.

2. What is the white stringy thing next to the yolk?

The white stringy thing that you might see next to egg yolks is called chalaza. They are simply the things that hold the egg yolk down.

3. What is the red spot sometimes found on egg yolks?

The red spots on eggs are actually just blood spots. Nothing to be concerned about.

4. What is the white spot sometimes found on egg yolks.

White spots on egg yolks are called germinal disks. Also known as unfertilized eggs spots. That is the part of the egg that a chick would grow if it became fertile.

5. What forms the color of the yolk?

The color of the yolk is determined by the food it is fed. It could mean that the healthier the egg the deeper in color but that is not always the case as Whole Fed Homestead explains.

6. How do you know when an egg is not edible?

One way to tell an egg is spoiled is to perform a float test. If an egg is cracked you may want to take extra precautions. I have still eaten them if the inner lining is intact but I wouldn’t dare to eat it if the lining is cracked. Here in Arizona, we sometimes get eggs that are partially cooked from the sun. I would never eat those.

7. Do eggs need to be refrigerated?

If they are cleaned, they definitely need to be refrigerated. But, according to Living Homegrown, if you do not wash the protective coating off of them then they can sit on your counter for a short period of time.

Over all:

Store bought pasture raised eggs are darker in color but that might not mean anything. They are much more expensive then backyard eggs and have been on a shelf longer then backyard eggs.

Backyard or locally bought eggs have a good old color, reasonably priced and eaten within a week. On top of all of that, backyard chickens will naturally fertilize your yard.

Which eggs do you like best?


4 thoughts on “Backyard Eggs Vs Store Bought Eggs

  1. Either the dark color of the yolk means something or it does’t. Personally I think it does. You pointed out the darker yolk when comparing the 1st cheaper egg, but then back off of the importance of the color when it came to the pastured egg. Which one is it. Does color matter, or doesn’t it. If it does, then we must give the pastured eggs (albeit pricier) credit for being a higher quality than the backyard eggs.

    1. Great question! Generally, darker color eggs is a sign that the chickens are fed well, healthy, and providing us nutritious and delicious eggs. However, many large egg dealers have started fortifying their chickens feed in order to produce a deeper color yolk. Here is a link to “Marketing the Perfect Colored Egg Yolk” by Modern Farmer. It explains more. In the third paragraph, under the graph, it talks about the things that are fed to chickens just to get their eggs a deeper color yolk. Some small farmers might even feed their chickens kale, spinach or kelp to get that deeper yolk color. In my opinion, that is perfectly fine since all of those things naturally occur in life. Its the concentrated versions, or chemicals that I am cautious about. If the eggs are coming from small backyard farms or family farms and eat most of their feed by grazing the open land, yes darker color yolk is healthier but that is not necessarily true if they come from a factory farm. When the choice is available, I choose local eggs over store bought eggs every time. Does that make sense?

  2. lol! Physics is fun! Use your imagination (pretend those tiny objects come to life) while you are learning about it and the writing will come easier.

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