So, I decided to keep my own chickens, to see if I could produce a better egg. I have only one principle—no processed food. Their staple food is whole wheat, whole rice (with husk), millet and peanuts. I gave up on organic soybeans (regular soybeans are GMO) because it was too expensive. The chickies were none the worse for it. I supplement their diet with green veggies and occasionally, carrots, oatmeal with milk and yoghurt, mealworms, cockroaches, fruits, melon seeds, beansprouts and assorted kitchen scraps. My chickens’ diet is not optimal though - they don’t get quite enough fresh greens and bugs, simply because they have decimated everything in the garden! However, they do get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and I only feed them natural whole grains, no commercial chicken feed. No chicken would eat commercial chicken feed anyway unless they had no other option.
And so... the results of my experiment! The eggs absolutely do taste better, although it is still not as good as I remember it from my childhood. The texture is firmer than store-bought eggs (although that could be because it’s fresher), the membrane is much thicker and stronger, and the shell is almost always harder. An all-over healthier egg!
And then, a surprising result...