Eggs 101

 

Where do your eggs come from?

Many Americans never learned how eggs end up in grocery stores, where chickens live, how egg farmers care for their hens or what egg farmers do to protect the land, air and water around their farms. A lot happens before eggs are sold, and understanding responsible farming practices used on today’s modern egg farms educates both today and tomorrow’s consumers.

Eggs 101 is a series of short videos telling the story of how eggs travel from the hen house to our plates. The videos are intended for 4th to 8th-grade level classroom use. Each video gives an in-depth explanation of a segment of an egg’s journey, beginning with the barn experience and environmental management, and ending with the egg itself as it arrives in homes nationwide.

We have created an Eggs 101 teacher’s guide for these videos which includes quizzes, lesson plans, and activities that supports national learning standards in science and social studies.

 

Download the teacher’s guide here

Video review quizzes for students appear after each video.

 

For Economics lessons on eggs, go here.

 
 

EGGS 101 VIDEOS

 

Overview

A brief explanation of the laying, cleaning, and packaging steps for eggs prior to reaching homes nationwide.

 

BARNS

Hen houses have greatly evolved over time and are still evolving today. There are many different styles of barns, but each designed to keep hens safe and healthy.

 

HEN HEALTH

It is important to keep things out of the barn that can make hens sick. Egg farmers place high importance on biosecurity and require farm workers and visitors to follow strict rules when entering the farm.

 

HENS

There are many different species of hens, but each have a similar lifestyle and produce eggs with the same genetic make-up and nutritional value.

 

HENS: THE MAKING OF AN EGG

A hen’s biological makeup is what allows her to produce many eggs in her lifetime.

 

EGGS PART 1

Hens in the United States produce up to 75 Billion eggs per year. Eggs can vary in size, but each contains the same three parts and contain an abundance of nutrients.

 

 

 

EGGS PART 2

Eggs go through many different steps during the few days prior to reaching the grocery store to ensure they’re safe. Consumers also play an important role in safe egg handling practices.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Egg farmers work hard to recycle resources used in their barns. Over the past fifty years, egg farmers have been able to greatly reduce their environmental footprint by following strict environmental management guidelines.

Cook & Learn Videos

COOK & LEARN VIDEO SERIES

Developed specifically for grades six through 12, our Cook & Learn video series educates students about the incredible nutritional benefits of eggs and provides step-by-step demonstrations of basic and advanced egg cooking techniques. The videos are narrated and feature school nutrition professional, Chef Robert Rusan of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District in Maplewood, Mo. Use them as in-class learning tools.

 

Basic Cooking

Advanced Cooking

Eggs 101

Egg Science

Virtual Egg Farm Field Trips

VIRTUAL EGG FARM FIELD TRIPS

Since 2012, the American Egg Board has partnered with Discovery Education to bring modern egg farms into today’s classrooms through Virtual Egg Farm Field Trips. Join America’s egg farmers in exploring their farms!

 

Hertzfeld Poultry Farm

Egg farms, like many others, are rising to the challenge of operating more sustainably. As a fourth-generation family farm in Grand Rapids, Ohio, Tom Hertzfeld II and his family understands the importance of sustainability and managing their ecological footprint. Learn how they conserve and protect the natural resources they rely on to produce eggs.

 

For students K-5

 

For Students 6-8

Creighton Brothers Farms

Explore the ecosystem and food webs of an egg farm and discover how all parts — from the soil to plants to hens to humans — relate to and depend on one another. Plus, learn why this five-generation family farm in Warsaw, Indiana, believes high-quality animal care and environmental stewardship are critical to their business, community and world.

 

For students K-5

 

For Students 6-8

Pearl Valley Eggs

Meet Dave and Ben Thompson, the father-and-son team, behind Pearl Valley Eggs in Illinois. Take a look at their feed mill and pullet barn and learn how egg farmers are working hard to be environmentally friendly and sustainable.

 

Willamette Egg Farms

At Willamette Egg Farms in Oregon, Gordon and Greg Satrum, also father and son, take viewers inside their scenic third-generation egg farm for a better look at how eggs move from their farm to our tables.

 

Hickman’s Family Farm

AEB’s inaugural Virtual Farm Field Trip kicked off at Hickman’s Family Farms in Arizona. Brother and sister Clint and Sharman Hickman are part of the farm’s third generation. Explore their hen house and egg processing plant, robots included!