A blood spot on the yolk of an egg doesn't indicate fertility, chickens will still lay eggs with no rooster present and feeding a chicken garlic won't make her egg taste like garlic. Read on for more facts and fiction about eggs.
- The color of an eggshell is dictated by a hen's breed and genes. A hen lays the same color egg her whole life.
- The color of the yolk is dictated by a hen's diet. Foods containing xanthophyll such as corn, marigolds and alfalfa help make egg yolks a vibrant orange color.
- The white of a fresh egg will be thick and gloopy. As the egg ages, the white will start to get runny and thin.
- The number on a carton of eggs indicates the date the egg was packaged (i.e. 306 stamped on the carton means the egg was put in the carton on November 1st - the 306th day of the year)
- A blood spot in an egg does not indicate fertility. It is merely a bit of broken blood vessel, possibly from rough handling of the egg or jarring while the egg was being laid.
- A white 'bulls eye' on the yolk does indicate fertility.
- A hen lays an egg about every 26 hours and begins the process of forming the next egg about 30 minutes after laying an egg.
- An egg should not be washed until just before using it, to preserve the natural 'bloom' that keeps out air and bacteria.
|~refrigerating unwashed eggs will help them last longer but is not necessary~|
- As long as they haven't been washed, eggs don't need to be refrigerated, but will last roughly seven times longer in the fridge than out on the counter.
- A hen's diet won't affect the taste of an egg specifically - i.e. adding garlic to their feed won't result in garlic-flavored eggs - but eggs from hens who eat healthy, varied diets will be more flavorful.
|~an egg contains every nutrient needed for life except Vitamin C~|
- An egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, protein, unsaturated fats, lutein and plenty of antioxidants plus Omega-3s.
- In fact, an egg contains every nutrient necessary for life except Vitamin C.
- 75-85% of an egg is water.
- There are approximately 70 calories in one egg, nearly all contained in the yolk, which is also where the majority of the nutrients are.
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