Here’s a sad fact: Most of the conventionally, and even organically raised hens in the US never see the light of day, or a single blade of green grass in their entire life. In direct and intentional contrast to these inhumane conditions, Vital Farms chickens are pasture-raised and Certified
Humane ™, in addition to USDA certified organic. Our number one goal is to embody responsible animal husbandry and the highest quality food production.
Our girls spend their days in the fresh air, comfortably grazing native grass in small flocks. Regular rotation onto fresh pasture keeps the land protected from over-grazing, and provides the birds a change of scenery and loads of exercise.
In addition to foliage, laying hens need some supplemental feed in order to lay eggs optimally. We source the very best, certified organic feed we can find, which is free from GMO corn, hormones, and pesticides. Those of us that work on the farm will from time to time taste the hens’ feed ourselves, to ensure quality and satiate our curiosity. We would venture to say that you’ll probably never see a farmer from a typical factory farm taste what he feeds his birds. One rule of thumb: never feed a hen something you wouldn’t be comfortable eating yourself (except maybe the odd bug!).
In this same vein, our birds don’t take antibiotics, and we never de-beak our girls as this isn’t humane and can hinder their natural foraging process. We have taken birds off other farms that have already been de-beaked, effectively rescuing them from less fortunate circumstances.
Our enthusiastic customers know that the flavor of pasture-raised eggs is far superior to those produced by factory farmed, conventionally raised birds. Our girls are omnivores – they eat bugs, worms, berries, wild flowers and even wild onion and garlic! This is why the color of the yolks and flavor of the eggs vary according to the seasons.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to try pasture-raised eggs, they also contain:
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more Vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more Vitamin E
• Lower cholesterol
• 7 times more beta carotene
• 4 to 6 times more vitamin D than conventional eggs
Vital Farms eggs may cost a little more than your usual dozen. However, keep in mind that when you buy our pasture-raised eggs, you are supporting your ecosystem, the humane treatment of thousands of appreciative birds, our environment, and your health. What’s worth more than that?