I always found egg classifications confusing. Between ‘free range’ and ‘free run’ I’d assume that the running kinds are freer. Turns out it’s the other way around. The freely ranging ones are the lucky ones, because unlike their free-to-run-in-their-cages-only colleagues they’re allowed to roam outside…
I also always found it funny how an egg is really a chicken’s menstrual cycle.
After a year of eating eggs, I began to wonder, considering the whole ovulation period thing, that perhaps eggs have estrogen. Turns out they do! (The yolk specifically.) They have these quasi-estrogens called phytoestrogens, basically estrogen occurring naturally. And considered beneficial in diets: “Phytoestrogens may have protective action against disorders like prostate, breast, bowel, and other cancers, cardiovascular disease, as well as brain function disorders.”
Cool you say, yes it is! Eggs and chickens are amazing. And like all life should be treated exceptionally. Probably provided much more than free range chickens get…
I was recently in Poland. I went to see Krakow, one of Europe’s uber cool hotspots, and for a few days were sight seeing the little towns outside of the city.
Turns out most people living in this country’s countrysides have chickens! Such smart and beautiful animals. The freer the happier—they and their eggs.
The Polish chickens I got to hang out with are super happy, basically living in nature, so more free than ‘free run’ or ‘range,’ more like ‘free free’ chickens.
The eggs were delicious—I promise you’d love them!
What they eat makes such a difference. These guys here eat grass, compost, and grains—and hatch between 1-2 eggs a day. I wonder why this varies?
What’s the bottom line, the take away, the teleological didacticism of all this? Happy chickens = happy eggs.
What other things do you think will make the world a better place?