The Difference Between a Farm Fresh Egg and a Store Bought One.

Well, I’ve given you the whole weekend to hem and haw over the answer to the question I posed last Friday.  Which egg is fresh?

I should probably take this opportunity to apologize to you from the bottom of my egg basket for any sleep you may have lost.  I too lost sleep.  Of course, mine was due to a brain exploding migraine that caused me to cry tears of blood, but … still … I lost some sleep.

To recap, let’s have another look shall we?  Was the fresh egg …


This one …

Egg Yolk1


Or this one???

Egg Yolks 2


The Answer:

Yolks Revealed


The egg on the left came from my coop.  It was probably 3 days old when I took the picture.  The yolk is high and round and orange.  There are 2 distinct whites, one that surrounds the yolk and one further out from that.  My chickens are fed pellets, a scoop of chicken scratch,  some kitchen scraps and a cob of corn every day.  They love their daily cob of corn.

The egg on the right was a store bought egg I grabbed out of my fridge.  The yolk was flat and a pale yellow.  There was only one egg white and it was quite thin.  It was the very best egg money can buy at a grocery store.  An organic egg that came from a free range chicken that was allowed access to outdoors whenever it wanted.  (at least that’s what the package said) At the time the picture was taken the egg was still 3 weeks away from the expiry date on the carton.

As soon as I had finished photographing it, I made a scrambled egg out of my coop fresh egg.  And I will describe that scrambled egg to you now.  It was the creamiest, richest, most flavourful egg I’ve ever eaten.  It tasted as though cream had been added to it.  In short, it was the most delicious thing ever eaten by anyone on any planet in any solar system.  Ever.  It was pretty good.

I’m not suggesting you all go out and start raising chickens.  That would be stupid.  For one thing, those of you in small apartments would have an especially difficult time with the amount of hours chickens spend hogging the bathroom.

I am suggesting if you have the chance, the inclination or the opportunity, you should search out farm fresh eggs.  And then you should eat them. (Unless you find out the address of whoever invented migraines, in which case you should throw them at their house)


  1. Christina says:

    I am sad. I recently stopped using “real” eggs because of cholesterol. One large egg yolk has basically the maximum amount of dietary cholesterol that an adult should consume in a day. Even though I’ve seen this guideline all over the place, I feel like I also see smart, healthy people touting the awesomeness of eggs. In the past I bought organic eggs and loved them. (I can only imagine how wonderful farm fresh eggs must be.) Now I am using Egg Beaters, which even though it’s a “real egg product” according to the box, it’s weird. I don’t like pouring my eggs out of a carton. And they don’t look quite right. So far they’ve worked just fine in a breakfast sandwich but don’t really cut it for straight up scrambled eggs. Which I loved. And miss. :( I might go back to real eggs and just remove the yolks, but that feels wasteful. Anyway, sorry. I know this has very little to do with your post, but seeing your gorgeous farm fresh egg made me jealous. Haha.

    • Karen says:

      Christina – I’m going to get in trouble for saying this but I don’t believe in all that crap. No one should restrict themselves of anything. Everything in moderation, blah, blah, blah. If you can’t eat an egg yolk what the hell is life worth? I probably wouldn’t eat 7 eggs a day, but I wouldn’t eat 7 chocolate bars a day either. Go ahead. Eat a yolk. ~ karen!

      • Christina says:

        I thought you might respond like that. Haha. Historically I’ve had a similar attitude. And you’ve got me thinking. I probably am being a little too hard on myself. I’m only 24. I’m healthy. I should be able to eat a damn egg yolk. Thanks for sharing your perspective. :)

      • Kelly says:

        I know this is five years old but real eggs actually increase your HDL levels and decrease your LDL levels; the balance between these two is what matters, not the actual amounts of either. HDL are good for you while LDL are bad so the amount of cholesterol in a real egg yolk is good for you!

  2. AnnW says:

    Magnesium is good for oncoming migraines. If you go to the ER, they start you on a Magnesium IV. Years ago before the current migraine medicines, the neurologists recommended daily B2, and magnesium. I also get massages a lot. I find that I don’t sit right at the computer, so my neck and shoulders get out of whack and then I start to get a headache. I think the screen is too high, so I tilt my head back. I hate to admit it, but exercise really helps. Also, Republic of Tea Ginger Peach tea helps after onset. Food triggers are important, and my doctor said not to eat avocado and bacon, and to only have one egg and one banana a week. I hadn’t had an egg for months, but last week I had one, then got a headache. What about you? Ann

    • Karen says:

      Ann – Nope. It doesn’t have anything to do with food. Completely revolves around when I get my period. On occasion I’ll also get one because of my computer work because of the same reasons you say. I love my prescription meds for it. They’re fantastic, but I’m always open to other options if they work. I’ve heard that the B vitamins can work. ~ k!

  3. Heather says:

    I LOVE fresh eggs, I get them from my cousin and I picked the correct one from the picture right away! That bright orange yolk was a dead giveaway!
    Would you believe that my other cousin will only eat store bought eggs, she says the fresh ones taste gross!?
    Also, my husband says I can’t have chickens due to some city ordinance or something, plus we have a chain link fence and we’d get caught…
    The next house hopefully!

  4. Andrea Clem says:

    Yay! I guessed right too! So sorry to hear about your migraine. Glad you’re feeling better. I generally will wake up with mine (and the vomiting, yuck) Thankfully haven’t had a horrible one for a while. Think mine are caused by problems in my neck. Hope you find something that helps.

    • Karen says:

      Andrea – Mine are a combination of hormones and neck problems from sitting at this stupid computer typing and editing photos all day long. Get them every month for 2-3 days. I’m gonna try the Zinc lozenges someone else recommended, just for fun. ~ karen

  5. Ginny says:

    Another migraine sufferer here. Glad you are feeling better!

    I’ve got to find someone around me that sells eggs. Shouldn’t be too hard since I live in a rural farming/agriculture area. I had forgotten how much better they taste and look.

  6. Amy says:

    Ooh! Challah made with fresh eggs! I haven’t had that since we moved away from my Jewish relatives. Do you ship?

    (oh, and sorry about the migraine – I got Botox injections for mine cause they’re so frequent)

  7. Nancy says:

    I guessed right too Karen only because of the color…so the eggs all start out looking like yours and then after they sit for weeks in shipping and in the stores they lose their color and flavor??? There are a lot of farms around here..I will look for one nearby that puts their fresh eggs out for sale.

  8. sharman says:

    sorry to hear about your migraine. my daughter swears by something called frova which you take at the onset. it’s expensive but always works for her.

  9. Lisa says:

    Have you ever baked with fresh eggs? They give such an amazing yellow color to whatever you bake. Makes anything baked with store bought eggs look pale and bland in comparison.

  10. Another Karen says:

    Is there a reason your egg has a double white? I’ve never noticed it before, maybe because my eggs are store bought. But not for long! Ima gonna look for them at the farmer’s market.

    p.s. Thanks for the tips on migraine meds, everyone. Ima also gonna ask my doc about them.

  11. Nathalie says:

    I guessed right woot!

    I would LOVE to see an egg vending machine. Karen go find one or better yet you can build one.

    I also suffer from migraines. I can feel your pain. I use a staple gun to my cranium and it seems to keep it at bay for awhile :P

  12. marilyn says:

    hey karen last week was a vicious one for migraine sufferers, i too had a nasty one, thank god for imitrex, couldnt survive without it! glad the egg was so awesome. tried the gordon ramsay scrambled eggs at the cottage last weekend! delish!! xo

  13. Evelyn says:

    Your chickens make really nice looking eggs.

  14. Dana says:

    My thoughts eggs-actly (sorry) “Egg vending machine?” Search on that last phrase and sure enough…There is a cute one shaped like a chicken with a picture on it of a hen with an egg rolling out of it’s butt. One with actual HENS IN it!
    Then a few that you open a door and retrieve cartons/bags of eggs. Seems the Japanese have caught on…
    I say get one.

  15. Maureen says:

    I am going to egg my Mom’s house tonight. She didn’t invent them, but they’re hereditary, so I’m blaming her! Imitrex nasal spray works wonders for mine. Within an hour or so, I’m usually back up on my feet, feeling nothing more than a typical headache (which is bearable). Glad your feeling better.

  16. jennifer says:

    Oh Karen! I hate migraines! I get them every once in awhile preceded by an “aura” which would be cool if the pain/nausea/confusion didn’t follow right after! I’ve tried a lot of prescribed meds and found nothing worked. I was reading an article about how zinc lozenges helped. And do they ever! Gets rid of them straight away! And I totally agree about the farm fresh egg thing! My girls have just started laying too! LOVE how creamy they taste! You are so right!

  17. jennifer says:

    Oh Karen! I hate migraines! I get them every once in awhile preceded by an “aura” which would be cool if the pain/nausea/comfusion didn’t follow right after! I’ve tried a lot of prescribed meds and found nothing worked. I was reading an article about how zinc lozenges helped. And do they ever! Gets rid of them straight away! And I totally agree about the farm fresh egg thing! My girls have just started laying too! LOVE how creamy they taste! You are so right!

  18. Kera says:

    I cannot wait until my coop is up and my hens are here. They are waiting patiently at a friend’s coop. Eggs and all.
    Glad you are over the migraine. No fun.

  19. muscratlove says:

    I only cook farm fresh eggs if I can help it. The same will hold true for you now, from now until the end of time! Mwahh haha! Store eggs now seem so gross. Same goes for veggies and meats.

    • Diana says:

      My sister in law has a farm and just added 30 hens to roam the 86 acres which means lots of free eggs for me…I have to say the blue ones through me off. I made an omelet for my Nephew and he was shocked how orange looking it was….I explained how healthy this would be for him in place of the store bought factory kept and hormone fed chickens he’s use too getting eggs from. I have seen what my sister in law feeds her hens…Fresh from the garden watermelon, veggies, grain, a bug or two I’m sure. Nothing Bad for them and ultimately making their eggs healthier for our family. Now I want two hens for my 1/2 acre…lol

  20. Ruth says:

    Yes!I knew it!! :D

  21. Karen J says:

    OR…you could build a stand, as pretty as your coop, and sell your eggs at the bottom of your drive way. I’m sure the neighbours wouldn’t mind…

  22. Bev says:

    Oh, Karen, sorry about the migraine. Those are horrid!
    I have been on a chicken campaign (as in, I must have your chicken coop NOW) sort of thing. Once I show my husband the egg, he might be on board. Good food always works.

  23. Angela says:

    There’s an egg vending machine just down the road from my house, the eggs from there are DE-licious!! And, I’m assuming, fresh from the chicken’s butt.

  24. Marti says:

    HA! I WAS RIGHT!!!! Hurray!

    Um, sorry if you have a migraine? Has it progressed to vomiting yet? If so, cold compress until you can keep something down and then Excedrin.

    The above works so much better than full-on head amputation. Which is also effective, but sorta… messy.

    • Karen says:

      Marti – I take either Axert or Relpax. BEST inventions ever. Work 90% of the time. I had a vomiting headache just a few weeks ago! My mom had to come over with some anti-nauseant which knocked me out for 5 hours. They were 5 blissful hours. ~ karen

      • Marti says:

        Really? Who knew you were such a delicate flower of (chicken-coop-making, yogurt-tamponing) femininity and all such?

  25. Laura says:

    I wonder if there is a difference in taste between a grain feed chicken egg and a grass fed chicken egg. Got any lawn, Karen?

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