We have had a lot of very positive feedback on the quality and taste of our eggs. A lot of factors appear to affect the quality of the eggs - age of the hens, age of the egg, stockmanship, feed and to a much lesser extent, breed. It is hard to put a finger on what exactly produces a great tasting egg with a rich coloured yolk, firm white and strong shell but we believe that having access to good quality pasture, scratch wheat and vegetables and feed on the range to encourage the hens outside all play an important part. Constant contact with the hens within the paddock and houses means the hens are calm and used to us which must lead to an environment conducive to laying good eggs.
The shelf life on our eggs as per Defra is 28 days from lay. We sell our eggs within 1 - 5 days after lay and recommend that once bought by the end consumer the eggs benefit from being refrigerated.
Grading and stamping:
All our eggs have to be stamped with our producer number, country of origin and a number that indicates whether it is organic free range, free range, barn or caged. Our number is 0UK17342. The numbers on eggs are:
0 - Organic Free Range
1 - Free Range
2 - Barn
3 - Caged
All our eggs are graded over a small grading machine that separates out egg sizes according to weight. These are a European standard and are as follows:
Extra Large - >73g
Large -63 - 73g
Medium -53 - 62g
Smalls -43 - 52g
Graded eggs are either packed into half dozens boxes for retailers or onto flat (keyes) trays of 30 for caterers. (Where to buy)