Comparing Eggs: How Do Yours Stack Up?

Whether you live in the city or country, here’s how to find healthy, delicious, farm-fresh eggs — and even raise a few happy chickens of your own.



Stacked Eggs
Whether you live in the city or country, you can find healthy, delicious, farm-fresh eggs — and even raise a few happy chickens of your own.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Girls With Chickens
Taking care of chickens is an excellent way to encourage your family to get outside and connect to the natural world.
Photo courtesy GETTY IMAGES/TANYA CONSTANTINE
Egg Yolk Color Comparison
Try this easy egg comparison test: The more beneficial carotenoids an egg contains, the darker orange its yolk will be.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Chicken In Garden
Chickens will eagerly reduce garden and lawn insect pests.
Photo courtesy LYNN M. STONE
Egg Cartons
Not all eggs are created equal, so it’s important to know what different labels really mean.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Eggshell Colors Compared
Fresh farm eggs come in a wide variety of colors.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Moveable Pyramid Chicken Coop
Using a simple, moveable coop is the best way to give your backyard chickens access to fresh pasture.
Photo courtesy RICK WETHERBEE
DIY Chicken Coop
Boy Scouts in Madison, Wis., helped build this simple chicken coop for a community garden project.
Photo courtesy DENNIS HARRISON-NOONAN
Boy Scout Chicken Coop
Boy Scouts in Madison, Wis., helped build this simple chicken coop for a community garden project.
Photo courtesy DENNIS HARRISON-NOONAN
Portable Chicken Coop
Several companies make attractive, portable, small-scale chicken coops you can buy ready-made, such as this Henspa on Wheels.
Photo courtesy WWW.HENSPA.COM
Chicken Coop
Several companies make attractive, portable, small-scale chicken coops you can buy ready-made, such as this Omlet Eglu.
Photo courtesy EGLU
Bird Flu Book
While avian flu is certainly cause for concern, we’re convinced backyard coops are part of the solution, not part of the problem. According to Michael Greger, M.D. and author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, “Never once that we know of has a highly pathogenic flu virus ever arisen in flocks kept humanely outdoors. The emergence and spread of the bird flu virus is facilitated by the overcrowding, filth, stress-impaired immunity, and lack of adequate ventilation and sunlight inherent in intensive confinement systems.”
Photo courtesy GETTY IMAGES/TANYA CONSTANTINE
Painted Chicken Coop
Keeping a few chickens is a rewarding pursuit. With some attention to style, their home can even bring functional beauty to your back yard.
Photo courtesy LYNN KARLIN











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