Our Heritage eggs are most well-known (and most well-loved) for the color of their yolks; rich, amber and vibrant, they are impossible to overlook. This coupled with their creamy and decadent taste means they are often used as the star of a dish; fried and placed on a perfectly plated avocado toast and topped with hot sauce, soft boiled into a beautiful jammy egg, or topping a skillet of Shakshuka.
So, what’s the secret? How do Heritage eggs get their stunning yolk color?
1. The Breed
Let’s start with some basic animal science. Different breeds of birds lay different types of eggs. Makes sense, right? Yolk and shell color and even egg size will typically vary from breed to breed of bird. Our Heritage eggs specifically are laid by two distinct and unique breeds: The Copper Maran, who lay the brown-shell eggs and the Speckled Legbar, who lay the blue-shell eggs. Their unique genetics are what allow them to produce varying shell colors—and what ultimately allows them to produce the yolks you see inside.
2. The Feed
Because our Heritage birds are so unique, they are given a specialized and more premium feed that has been formulated specifically for their health and beauty. When they have some room to spare or want a little snack, they enjoy munching on bugs and grass out on the range and soaking up lots of Vitamin D, providing additional vitamins and nutrients that will impact the quality of the eggs and yolks.
3. The Environment
It’s no secret that our hens are a little spoiled. With over 8+ acres of range to roam full of grass and foliage, tasty bugs, fresh water, play kits, swings, and plenty of sunshine, our birds are basically living their best bird lives 24/7/365. This access to the things they need to support their natural health and beauty, along with access to shelter and warmth indoors when they prefer it, allows them to produce high-quality eggs and a better yolk for you.
As much as our Heritage eggs might seem like magic, the truth is that it all starts on the farms, and with the Happiness of our egg-laying queens.