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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.
LayingHens 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.
CollectingOn some farms, eggs are still gathered by hand, but in most of today's modern production facilities, automated gathering belts do the job.
WashingThe egg washing process sanitizes the eggs, and removes the "bloom," a coating the hens' body applies when laying the egg.
CandlingEgg 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.
GradingEggs are graded on both interior and exterior quality, and are classified AA, A or B.
Sorting & PackingEggs are sorted according to size (minimum weight per dozen), and are placed large-end up in cartons.
ShippingEggs 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 & StoringEggs must be refrigerated. (They will age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.)