May – National Egg Month
Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about the month of May, National Egg Month! Did you know Ohio is the second leading producer of eggs in the nation? Learn more eggciting facts for National Egg Month and cook up a way to celebrate!
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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings.
Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about the month of May, National Egg Month!
Did you know the main reason we’re more accustomed to eating chicken eggs versus any other poultry egg is because chickens lay more?
When it comes to the number of eggs laid each year, Iowa leads our nation by producing more than 14.8 billion eggs annually. Ohio is the next highest-producing state with 9 billion eggs each year.
To produce all those eggs, it takes a hen 24-26 hours to develop an egg. As soon as she lays the egg, the development of a new egg starts with 30 minutes. However, chickens don’t produce one egg at a time. Internally, hens have several eggs in various stages of development.
When it comes to the flavor and nutritional value of an egg, don’t look at the eggshells. The color of an eggshell, whether white, brown, blue, or green, is simply a characteristic of the breed. Egg yolks, on the other hand, do indicate nutrition. Their color can range from a pale yellow to deep orange based on a hen’s diet. The more nutritious foods consumed from feed, grasses, worms, and insects will produce a richer colored yolk.
Now when it comes to the size of eggs, the USDA has produced the guideline we all follow. A dozen small eggs weigh 18 ounces, a dozen medium eggs 21 ounces, a dozen large eggs 24 ounces, and a dozen extra-large eggs 27 ounces. A dozen jumbo eggs typically weigh 30 ounces! And did you know, as a hen ages their egg size often increases!
There are very few foods that provide vitamin D. You can consume cod liver oil, sardines, salmon, milk, or eggs for the best source of this immune-boosting vitamin. It is said that by frying or boiling an egg, it retains the most vitamin D.
So how many ways can you cook an egg? We think baked, boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, basted, shirred, coddled, and pickled pretty much cover it. But you can also hard boil or soft boil. Or fry your egg over easy, over medium, over hard or sunny side up. You can also use eggs for making omelets or quiche. The possibilities of cooking an egg or cooking with an egg are endless!
With that, we hope you learned something new for May, National Egg Month and will cook up an egg to celebrate! And that’s your weekly Moment with Meyer.
Enjoy the rest of your week and as always thank you for listening!
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Kendra + Jeff
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