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Mar 11, 2014 08:00 AM

Are jumbo eggs crueler?

I can't help but notice that high priced "cruelty-free" eggs don't come in large, extra-large or jumbo.

Anybody who knows something about egg production out there?

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  1. because the giant chickens that produce them are frankenchickens???

    1. young hens(pullets) = smaller eggs
      mature hens(layers) = large to jumbo depending on breed and diet.
      old hens(stew birds) = less average/smaller size eggs

      There are egg layers, think Leghorns, combination birds, think Rhode Island Red , and meat birds, think Cornish Cross.
      All lay eggs, but some more efficiently for the amount of feed.

      You can get jumbos and even double yolkers from any breed if conditions are right and still be less cruel.

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      1. re: Raffles

        Just realized I haven't seen a double yolker in years. Used to get one every couple months.

        1. re: daislander

          Double yolks are more common in the spring time. Now that it's daylight savings time, you might start to run across them.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Interesting - I had no idea! I usually buy jumbos and hadn't seen a double yolk in a while, then I went two for two in my omelet yesterday!

            1. re: biondanonima

              We also bought a Dz. Jumbo Eggs and 11 out 12 were Double Yolked!

              1. re: chefj

                I once had a whole dozen, it was frightening.

        2. re: Raffles

          <<young hens(pullets) = smaller eggs
          mature hens(layers) = large to jumbo depending on breed and diet.
          old hens(stew birds) = less average/smaller size eggs>>

          Yup, exactly. Our nearly two year old hens sometimes lay some monsters but when they first started laying the eggs were small.

        3. Not sure what you mean by cruelty-free, but I buy cage-free large eggs all the time (whole foods and farmers' market). Don't know that I've seen extra large or jumbo, but then I wouldn't have been looking for them.

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          1. re: cookie monster

            I buy eggs from local, pastured hens and they come in assorted sizes and colors. I enjoy opening the carton every time :)

            1. re: c oliver

              I just love getting those green and blue eggs- haven't had access to them in a while, tho.

            2. re: cookie monster

              Cage free is one of those terms that do not guarantee the chickens decent living conditions. Cage free hens can still be crowded indoors in sheds with little to no access to the outdoors or much room due to crowding.

            3. If you mean "cage free" here's just one of a few I found when I did a Google search.

              btw... in doing this search, I found a brand called "Nest Fresh." What a horrible name! it makes it sound like they are stealing babies right from their beds! lol

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              1. re: ttoommyy

                "cage free" doesn't necessarily mean "cruelty free"

                imho, what is MORE important about the eggs in your picture is that they are labeled CERTIFIED HUMANE,
                which, i've been told, is much more meaningful than "cage free."

                i, too, buy CERTIFIED HUMANE eggs that are also
                "cage free"

                1. re: westsidegal

                  "Certified Humane" is one of the higher standards.

              2. We buy cage free from the Amish in our area. Love them, the yolks are almost orange!! Sometimes she has to go to the hen house to fill out a dozen carton.