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The Production Process: From Hen to Home

Delivering our eggs from the hen house to your grocery store is a very efficient, clean, and thorough process. We take great care in providing you with the freshest and most nutritious product.

Laying

Hens are fed high-quality, nutritionally-balanced feed made up mostly of corn, soybean meal, vitamins and minerals. No matter the production system, hens lay their eggs in an environment that helps ensure the production of high-quality eggs.

Collecting

On some farms, eggs are still gathered by hand, but in most of today's modern production facilities, automated gathering belts do the job.

Washing

The egg washing process sanitizes the eggs, and removes the "bloom," a coating the hens' body applies when laying the egg.

Candling

Egg shells are translucent enough to allow "candling" – holding the egg up to a light source and inspecting the interior for quality without breaking the shell.

Grading

Eggs are graded on both interior and exterior quality, and are classified AA, A or B.

Sorting & Packing

Eggs are sorted according to size (minimum weight per dozen), and are placed large-end up in cartons.

Shipping

Eggs are shipped in refrigerated trucks. Most eggs reach the grocery store just one day after being laid and nearly all of them reach the store within three days.

Selling & Storing

Eggs must be refrigerated. (They will age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.)

Enjoying

America's egg farmers produce a high-quality, safe product that provides all-natural, high-quality protein, that is now 14% lower in cholesterol (down from 215 mg to 185 mg), and 64% higher in vitamin D.