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Taylor Made Poultry, Countryman’s Choice, Cadleigh Park, Ivybridge, PL21 9JL
Tel: 01752 426422
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Place the egg into a bowl of cold water.
The water level should be deeper than the egg’s length.
Observe what the egg does.
Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom of the bowl and lie on their sides.
Slightly older eggs (about one week) will lie on the bottom but bob slightly.
If the egg balances on its smallest end, with the large end reaching for the sky, it’s probably around three weeks old.
Please keep in mind that this can change depending on temperature stored and refrigeration.
Eggs can be kept for over a month outside and over 3 months refrigerated.
Colour of the yolk:
Yolk colour is dependent on the diet of the hen; if the diet contains yellow/orange plant pigments known as xanthophylls, then they are deposited in the yolk, colouring it. A colourless diet can produce an almost colourless yolk. Farmers may enhance yolk colour with artificial pigments, or with natural supplements rich in lutein (marigold extracts are a popular choice).
Colour of the shell:
Egg shell colour is caused by pigment deposition during egg formation in the oviduct and can vary according to species and breed, from the more common white or brown to pink or speckled blue-green.
In general, chicken breeds with white ear lobes lay white eggs, whereas chickens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs.
Although there is no significant link between shell colour and nutritional value, there is often a cultural preference for one colour over another. For example, in most regions of the United States, chicken eggs are generally white; while in the northeast of that country, and in countries as diverse as Costa Rica, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, they are generally light-brown. In Brazil and Poland, white chicken eggs are generally regarded as industrial, and brown or reddish ones are preferred.