Don’t be fooled into thinking that free range eggs are even close to organic eggs! The regulations and standards are miles apart and the way the egg production is done has only one common factor – that the birds can see the sky if they choose – otherwise …. how much space they have, what they are feed, what medications and hormones they can be fed and how they are treated are truly worlds apart.
The Organic regulations and standards are so tough that there are perhaps 2 farms in South Africa that produce true organic eggs – Terms like grain fed, barn eggs and the like are smoke and mirrors – coined to con the public into feeling good about buying poultry products and eggs that are in fact just another form of factory farming. Poultry farmers who want to see all the standards and regulations can browse to the Poultry discussion forum
The last egg nutrient study was conducted in 2002 . In a new study off eggs on 08 February 2011 and according to a USDA ARS report, eggs are 14% lower in cholesterol and 64% higher in vitamin D than previously thought. The study does not reveal anything about the difference between organic eggs and factory farmed eggs. According to new nutrition data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, eggs are 14% lower in cholesterol and 64% higher in vitamin D than previously thought.
The ARS recently reviewed the nutrient composition of standard large eggs, and results show the average amount of cholesterol in one large egg is 185 mg. The analysis also revealed that large eggs now contain 41 IU of vitamin D. “We collected a random sample of regular large shell eggs from 12 locations across the country to analyze the nutrient content of eggs,” said Dr. Jacob Exler, nutritionist with the ARS Nutrient Data Laboratory.
“This testing procedure was last completed with eggs in 2002, and while most nutrients remained similar to those values, cholesterol decreased by 14 percent and vitamin D increased by 64 percent from 2002 values. ” This information is available on the nutrient data lab website. The new nutrient information will also be updated on nutrition labels to reflect these changes wherever eggs are sold, from egg cartons in supermarkets to school and restaurant menus.
Organic eggs are more and more in demand. Farming organically is not easy, and as such, there are few organic egg suppliers in South Africa. There are even fewer suppliers of organic chicken feed. The poultry equipment required is very similar – drinkers, feeders, heaters and fans. The big difference is how you house the organic chickens and what you feed organic chickens to get organic eggs.
Organic chicks at nipple drinkers
Organic poultry farming can be an art all of it’s own. Many of the common techniques of farming poultry and also eggs tend to be thrown out of the window.The upside is going to be that you would be allowing the chickens a natural existence. The actual demand from customers for organically grown chickens, organic eggs and organically produced chicken is actually growing. Stores such as Woolworth’s as well as Pick n Pay tend to be paying a premium to get organic poultry and eggs…. and this demand will be growing. The supply, on the other hand is definitely low – creating the perfect opportunity for savvy poultry farmers.
Video of organic chickens eating spinach in South Africa
Our steel poultry structures are appropriate for organic and natural chicken farming and free range eggs. Side flaps enable the fowls easy access to the outside whilst allowing you to nevertheless control temp and feed schedules. Free range is certainly not the same as organic. It is a lot less regulated – it basically will mean that the chickens be allowed to forage naturally. Free range chicken houses have locations to allow the chickens accessibility to the outdoors. you’ll need to put a two meter fence all-around your chicken house in order to hold the birds. Quite often farmers grow Lucerne as well as other greens and allow the poultry access to the vegetable garden for controlled periods of time. Organic eggs may seem like a hassle – but the taste is well worth it. Beware of unscrupulous traders and farmers – there are some who are not above labelling, and charging you for free range eggs or organic eggs when in actual fact they are factory eggs. As the consumer there is no way for you to tell the difference. Many state that organic eggs have a more orange yolk – while this may be true some of the time it is not always the fact. The yolk color is determined by what the chicken eats – so if the birds are eating carrots, tomatoes and marigolds it is likely that the egg is free range or organic – but in winter these vegetable are not readily available to farmers, and so other veggies are used – resulting in yellow yolks. Chickens that are corn fed will also produce an orange yolk – but corn fed does not mean organic – battery chickens and housed chickens can also be corn fed – so just be aware.
Crucialaspectsincludeexactly whatyou will feed your organicchickens, the best wayyou house yourbirds,as well asjust howyouhandle thepoultry. Living spacenormallylikewiseregulated – placing too many birdsis actually definitely not an option. Your poultrywill have to have accessibility to clear space withskies showing and also be allowed to forage normally. You’lllocatetheseregulationsfororganicfarminglocated at www.chickenhouses.co.za/organic-chicken-farming/ It is going to cost youmoretoraise your organic chickens, but your businesswill certainly also receive a premium forthe eggs and poultry. Growthratesare generally slower with Organic, free range or environmentally friendlypoultryproduction. This is in some part due to the the restrictions placed on the poultry farmer by the regulations, and in some part by the natural growth of organic chickens – no growth hormones are permitted.