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    Organic Valley Eggs - Response from inquiry about chicken feed

    I like Organic Valley dairy because it is pastured. However, the eggs don't sound as good. I emailed them about what the organic chicken feed is made of and this is the response. Thought I would share.

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    Response (Tracy Budworth) - 10/20/2011 08:32 AM

    Dear Katie,

    Thank you for contacting Organic Valley and for the very kind words. Our farmers and employees truly appreciate your support.

    Organic Valley farmers are required to provide their animals with outdoor access and all animals receive 100% organic feed. Rations are composed mainly of soy beans, corn, flax seed, and small grains, such as wheat, barley and oats. The amounts may vary depending on the individual farmers management techniques.

    To learn more about our farm requirements you can log onto our Farmer web site, Farmers.coop - Organic Farmers, CROPP Cooperative.

    If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely,
    Tracy Budworth
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    Consumer Relations - Social Media Specialist
    tracy.budworth@organicvalley.com
    608-625-2666 x3465
    LaFarge, WI 54639

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    Give her a call. "the amounts may vary depending on the individual farmers management techniques" is way too vague for me.

    Weak.

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    Also "provide their animals with outdoor access" does not mean "their chicken go and stay outside during the day". Disappointing.

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    I haven't found ANY grocery store eggs to compete with the pastured eggs I get. HOWEVER, my wife has a friend with some backyard chickens whose yokes are even more orange and firm. I love them. She has another friend with chickens whose yokes are pale though. I always go with the darker, firmer.

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    ...chickens eat everything. why are they only feeding theirs grains?
    beautiful
    yeah you are

    Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodorchid View Post
    ...chickens eat everything. why are they only feeding theirs grains?
    Because, as someone noted above, "outdoor access" most definitely does not mean the chickens are prowling open fields eating bugs and whatever else like voracious little raptors. They just have nice ventilation and organic soy to eat!

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    it was a rhetorical question
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    yeah you are

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodorchid View Post
    it was a rhetorical question
    LOL, I know, I just got caught up in the moment!

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    Most of the egg brands that are available to me in a grocery store have some variation on "proudly vegetarian fed chickens!" which annoys me a bit. Chickens should be out eating bugs and grubs and things.

    So....farmer's market!

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    By their yolks ye shall know them. Should be as dark as possible with little irregularities like bubbly bits and flecks of blood/tissue.

    When I had to find a new egg source, I bought a half dozen of each type I could find at the farmer's market. Then I put one of each in the skillet each time I made eggs. I quickly found the good brands based on the comparative color and the flavor of the yolk.

    Now I buy the three best varieties each time to get a nice, broad nutritional profile.

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