Adam's Heirlooms Heritage Breed Eggs
Soy Free & Pasture Raised
Our secret to making rich, flavorful eggs is simple: lots of space to roam, lots of love, soy-free nutrition, and a few bugs here and there. In our pastures where our girls wander, and everywhere else on our farm too, we never spray the land with harmful pesticides or herbicides. We make our hens’ lives better, and their eggs make your cakes, custards, and everything in between taste better.
Why should you eat Soy-Free Eggs?
Are you trying to reduce the amount of soy in your diet? Like many Americans, you may be allergic to soy or have a soy sensitivy, but escaping its presence can be nearly impossible, and oftentimes quite unpleasant when the foods you want to eat upset your stomach. Many people experience allergic reactions to eggs, however often it may not be the egg in itself that is responsible. It is often the soy within the yolk that comes from a hen’s soy-based diet that causes all the negative issues. Remove the soy from the hens diet, and you can eat Soy Free Eggs!!
But why soy free eggs? There are so many reasons!
- Food allergies: Soy is one of the top 8 allergens. Oftentimes people think they might be sensitive to eggs when in fact they’re sensitive to the soy proteins that concentrates in the yolks.
- Chickens are omnivores, so those “vegetarian fed” eggs you see at the grocery store aren’t all that great. Chickens are actually descendants of the Velociraptor, a small but fierce meat-eating dinosaur. Thus, they were created to eat mice, snakes, bugs, worms, and insects. Feeding chickens a diet that is 95% corn and soy is not healthy for them or their eggs or your family.
- Both organic and conventional commercial chicken feed often has soy meal as the #1 or #2 ingrediant because it is a cheap protein source that promotes quick growth and efficient egg production. While it may be cost efficient, it is not the healthiest option according to some researchers. We use sunflower, flax, ans alfalfa for our protein content in our custom chciken feed.
- Children are particularly affected by consuming soy. They tend to have irregularities in their sexual development, often developing much ahead of schedule. If we can remove some soy from children's diets, that's a win!
- Soy free eggs from pastured hens have vitamin D levels up to 6 times higher than those from factory-farmed eggs. A diet high in soy can deplete a chicken’s vitamin D store.
- Most soy in the USA is genetically modified. Long-term studies have shown the damage that GMOs cause to hamsters over several generations.
The happier and healthier the hen, the tastier the egg—and a happy hen needs plenty of room to roam. While cage free birds may live more than 40,000 to a barn, our hens live 400 to an acre—a big, big difference that gives them the freedom to flap, flock, and forage to their hearts’ content. The proof is in the pasture.
Adam's Heirlooms Heritage Breed Hens have 20 acres to roam to their hearts content, that's approx 10-20 hens per acre. Our hens make the most of their wide open space, spending their days soaking up sunlight and scratching through the grass for fresh greens, bugs, worms, and other tasty treats.
If you are confused by all the different terms used to describe how eggs are raised, you are not alone. But we have the answers for you.
Hens are cooped up and crammed into tiny cages. With no space or freedom, it’s no wonder they don’t produce great-tasting eggs.
Cage Free Eggs
No cages, but loud, competitive, crowded barns. “Cage-Free” eggs are from hens raised in cramped barns with no access to the outdoors, often at several hens per square foot. It's difficult to get much exercise in these barns.
Free Range Eggs
“Free-Range” hens live in similar large barns, but have outdoor access – many provide about 2 sq ft/hen often on a cement patio or dirt lot. "Free Range" sounds better than it really is.
Pasture Raised Eggs
“Pasture-Raised” means the hens go outdoors to graze and forage on life giving pastures. They can come and go as they please from the barn where they have protected nesting boxes, roosting bars, feed, and fresh water. American Humane requires hens to at least 108.9 sq ft of pasture per hen (that’s 400 hens to an acre).
Frequently Asked Questions
What do Adam's Heirlooms hens eat? Since our girls are galavantign around the pasture they can eat what they like pasture grassed & plants, bugs, vegetables that don't make the cut for market, and other natural fare. We’ve formulated supplemental feed to support our hens. This custom feed was created to ensure they receive enough protein and calcium to adequately support their bodies through egg production. Our custom feed consists of sunflower seeds, oats, wheat, corn, alfalfa, flax seed, oyster shell, and trace minerals. No soy in our girls diet.
Are there any nutritional differences between pasture raised & non-pastured raised eggs? Adam's Heirlooms pasture raised hens have a naturally healthy diet, and this translates into golden yolks, thicker whites, a fresh rich taste and more nutritionally dense egg compared to non-pastured eggs. Studies show that pasture raised eggs have lower cholesterol and fat, more Vitamins A, D, and E, and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and carotene.
Do your eggs contain hormones or antibiotics? No. Adam's Heirlooms pasture raised hens, feed, and eggs are hormone- and antibiotic-free. We use oregano and thyme essential oils in the water to prevent diseases.
What is a day in the life of Adam's Heirlooms hen? Our girls wake up each morning in a nice, roomy barn. They usually lay their eggs in the morning, then we open the barn doors so the hens can go outside to galavant & forage, peck at grass and bugs, socialize with each other, and lie around relaxing in the sun or shade. They can roam all over our 20 acres. We provide them with additional soy-free feed and fresh water indoors & they come and go as they please between the barn and the pastures. Just before dark their insticts kick in and tells the hens to return to the barn to sleep at night. As it gets dark, we, top off the feed & water, check the nests, check the flock and say goodnight. They spend the night safe and sound inside the barn.
What do the hens do in bad or cold weather? Even when the weather is "bad" or "cold", we open up the barn doors so any hardy hens can venture outside if they choose. This also allows more fresh air into the barn for all the girls that decide to stay in. During severe weather like high winds, snowstorms and sub-zero polar vortexes, we do keep the girls indoors for their safety. Even with the crazy Wisconsin weather, our hens can still go outside about 300 days per year.