Welcome to NestFresh!
Always 100% Cage Free

FAQs


About NestFresh Eggs

What does 100% cage free mean?
What do you feed your chickens?
Where can I buy your eggs?
Does your feed have corn and soy?
Are NestFresh Eggs fertilized?
Do you use hormones or antibiotics?
Do your hens have outdoor access?
Are your eggs pasteurized?
Why does your label say “CA SEFS Compliant”? What does that mean?
Does Prop 2 affect NestFresh?
Why do NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs look different from other eggs?


About Eggs In General

What is the difference between a white egg and a brown egg?
Do chickens need roosters to produce eggs?
How long does it take for a chicken to lay an egg?
What is that red spot in my egg? Why do some eggs have blood spots?
What's the white cord next to the yolk?
Are my eggs still edible if it's past the date on the carton? How long after the sell-by date can I use my eggs?
If an egg floats, is it bad?
Why do cage free eggs, non-GMO eggs, and organic eggs cost more than regular eggs?
Am I still getting the nutrients if I eat only the whites?
Are eggs bad for you?

About GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)

What are GMOs?
What is the Non-GMO Project?
What does “Non-GMO Project Verified” mean?
Are GMOs safe to eat?
Are GMOs labeled?
Are my kids eating genetically engineered food?
If I buy organic products am I assured that they are non-GMO?
How do GMOs affect our ecosystem?
Where can I find a list of non-GMO products?


About NestFresh Eggs

Q: What does 100% cage free mean?
A: 100% cage free means that NestFresh never uses cages and never has. You can rest assured that our eggs always come from hens that live in large barns where they can move about freely, socialize with other birds, perch, dustbathe, and lay their eggs in peace with nestboxes.

Q: What do you feed your chickens?
A: Our hens are fed a nutritious vegetarian diet that never contains antibiotics, hormones, steroids, or animal by-products. The organic birds are given feed that is certified organic by a third-party certifier. The Non-GMO hens eat Non-GMO Project Verified feed. Our organic, Non-GMO, pasture raised, and free range hens can also supplement their feed by foraging and pecking in the pasture area. The pasture areas have grasses and native plants.

Q:
 Where can I buy your eggs?
A: NestFresh Eggs are available nationwide in a number of specialty and regular grocery stores. Visit our Where to Buy page to find a list of retailers that carry our eggs in your state.

Q: Does your feed have corn and soy?
A: Yes, our all natural feed contains corn and soy along with vitamins and other ingredients that support healthy hens and quality eggs.

Q:
Are NestFresh Eggs fertilized?
A: No, our eggs are not fertilized.

Q:
  Do you use hormones or antibiotics?
A: No, NestFresh never uses any hormones or antibiotics.

Q:
Do your hens have outdoor access?
A: Our free range, Non-GMO, pasture raised, and organic hens all have outdoor access. The amount varies depending on the farm and the type of egg. For instance, our pasture raised hens have at least 25 square foot per bird on the pasture.

Q: Are your eggs pasteurized?
A: NestFresh shell eggs are not pasteurized. They should be cooked according to the safe handling instructions on the carton. NestFresh liquid egg whites and liquid egg products are pasteurized.

Q:
Why does your label say “CA SEFS Compliant”? What does that mean?
A: Our labels have the statement “CA SEFS Compliant” on them to comply with regulations in California because we sell many of our products in California. The statement denotes that our practices comply with the California Shell Egg Food Safety regulations, which requires salmonella testing and vaccination as well as a minimum amount of floor space per bird.

Q:
Does Prop 2 affect NestFresh?
A: In 2012 California voters passed Proposition 2, which required laying hens in California to have enough space for laying hens to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. The California state legislature then passed companion bill AB1437 to require that eggs produced out of state but sold in California must also meet this requirement. The changes in California law do not affect us because we have always been 100% cage free. Our hens have plenty of room to roam throughout the barn, jump on perches, and socialize with other hens.

Q: Why do NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs look different from other eggs?
A: The shells of NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs have natural variations in color. Some are lighter than others, even though they are all brown eggs and come from a breed of hens that lay brown eggs. This variation is due to the fact that the hens have a lot of access to pasture, which means they get plenty of sunlight. The high levels of sunlight help the hens produce extra vitamin D. These increased levels of vitamin D affect the color of the shell.

About Eggs In General

Q: What is the difference between a white egg and a brown egg?
A: Both white eggs and brown eggs are completely natural. White eggs are laid by hens with white ears while brown eggs are laid by hens with brown ears. Despite the shell color, there are no other differences between white and brown eggs. There is no nutritional difference between the two.

Q:
Do chickens need roosters to produce eggs?
A:
No, hens do not need roosters to lay eggs. All a female chicken needs to produce an egg is enough light, food, and water as well as a good living environment.

Q: How long does it take for a chicken to lay an egg?
A:
It takes a hen about 24 to 26 hours to produce and lay an egg. Fifteen to 30 minutes after she lays it, the process starts all over again.

Q: What is that red spot in my egg? Why do some eggs have blood spots?
A:
Blood spots occur naturally when the hen is laying the egg. They do not mean the egg is fertilized or inedible. They are more common in brown eggs because it is harder to see them during candling (an inspection process used to ensure the quality of our eggs).

Q: What's the white cord next to the yolk?
A:
The white cord is the chalazae (ka-LAY-zee) and is a sign of freshness. It is twisted egg whites that form a "rope" to anchor to the top and bottom of the shell membrane and center the yolk.

Q: Are my eggs still edible if it's past the date on the carton? How long after the sell-by date can I use my eggs?
A:
Fresh, uncooked eggs in the shell are best kept in the refrigerator in their cartons. Under these conditions, the eggs will still be at peak quality for up to two to three weeks past the sell-by date.

Q: If an egg floats, is it bad?
A:
This is not an accurate test for whether an egg is spoiled, but it can tell you more about the age of the egg. Eggs naturally have an air cell between the whites and the shell. As the egg ages, the contents of the egg contract, causing the air cell to grow larger. If the air cell grows large enough, the egg is able to float in water. So, an egg that floats might be older than one that sinks, but that does not mean it is spoiled. Some eggs naturally have a larger egg cell than others even when the eggs is fresh, so this test is not precise. The best way to tell whether an egg is bad is to break it in a bowl separate from other ingredients. If the egg has a bad appearance or smell, throw it out.

Q: Why do cage free eggs, non-GMO eggs, and organic eggs cost more than regular eggs?
A:
Cage free eggs cost more than regular eggs because cage free hens are more active than caged hens. Because cage free hens are allowed to move about the house and engage in their natural behaviors, they eat more feed than caged hens. Cage free farmers also spend more time caring for the birds because they raise them in a humane, cage free way that requires more hands on time. Their time and labor also increase our costs. In addition to labor and feed costs, our organic and cage free eggs are more expensive because they have outdoor access and specially grown and certified feed.

Q: Am I still getting the nutrients if I eat only the whites?
A:
All of the Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Thamin, and Vitamin E in an egg is found in the yolk, but just eating the whites still provides protein, choline, Vitamin B12, folate, iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium. While the yolk has more nutrients in it, the whites still provide filling protein and a number of essential nutrients. For a breakdown of nutrition info of whites versus yolks, visit the Incredible Egg website.

Q: Are eggs bad for you?
A:
Eggs are a complete protein, meaning they have every amino acid. They also have every vitamin, except Vitamin C. They also have iron and calcium. Some people worry about the fat and cholesterol content. Current research strongly suggests that dietary cholesterol has much less impact on serum blood cholesterol levels than previously theorized. The majority of nutritionists will tell you that it is more important to avoid hydrogenated fats, trans fats and saturated fats in order to lower your cholesterol levels, than strictly avoiding cholesterol and all fats in your diet.

About GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)

Q: What are GMOs?
A:
GMOs, or “Genetically Modified Organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). These are plants or animals that have had their DNA irrevocably changed in a way that couldn’t be replicated in nature. For example, one of the most widely used GMO plants are genetically modified soybeans that have a herbicide resistant gene from bacteria inserted into the soybean DNA. Such a trans-species, even trans-kingdom, DNA mutation would be impossible in the natural world. Bacteria would never be able to breed with a soybean plant and they would never create something as specific as a soybean plant with a single gene from the bacteria.

Q: What is the Non-GMO Project?
A:
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was founded on the simple idea that people in North America should have access to clearly labeled non-GMO food and products, now and in the future. That conviction continues to be the guiding force behind the Non-GMO Project, which offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance. Thanks to The Non-GMO Project, now shoppers everywhere can look for the Non-GMO Project Verified logo in all their favorite food categories and have full peace of mind that their food is not being produced from Genetically Modified sources.

Q: What does “Non-GMO Project Verified” mean?
A:
The verification seal indicates the product bearing the seal has gone through the Non-GMO Project verification process to ensure that the product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance:

1. Ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients — any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product
2. Testing below the Action Threshold of 0.9% — This is in alignment with laws in the European Union, where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled. Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products
3. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the participant’s quality management systems
4. Rigorous traceability and segregation practices to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product
5. An annual audit and onsite inspections for high-risk products

Q: Are GMOs safe to eat?
A:
From a food safety standpoint, there has only been one scientifically published study relating to GMOs and it merely showed that the altered DNA from GMO plants did remain in people’s digestive tracts. As these are unnatural DNA changes, this is enough to worry people. More studies have been done on laboratory animals and have found a number of problems — increased toxicity, organ damage, as well as changes in blood chemistry. Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.

Q: Are GMOs labeled?
A:
No, there are currently no federal or state laws in the US requiring GMO products to be labeled. In fact, about 80% of the food products is the US contain some kind of GMO.

Q: Are my kids eating genetically engineered food?
A:
The sad truth is many of the foods that are most popular with children contain GMOs. Cereals, snack bars, snack boxes, cookies, processed lunch meats, and crackers all contain large amounts of high risk food ingredients. In North America, over 80% of our food contains GMOs. If you are not buying foods that are Non-GMO Project Verified, most likely GMOs are present at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Q: If I buy organic products am I assured that they are non-GMO?
A:
While the National Organic Program (NOP) identifies genetic modification as an excluded method, GMOs are not a prohibited substance. This means that although GMO seeds are not supposed to be planted, and GMO ingredients are not supposed to be used, no testing is required. Unfortunately, with the majority of key crops like soy and corn being planted with GMO varieties in North America, contamination of seeds, ingredients, and products is a real risk, even for certified organic products.

Q: How do GMOs affect our ecosystem?
A:
The ecological concerns mainly relate to pesticide use and the eradication of heritage or native species. Because a lot of GMO plants are designed to be pesticide and herbicide resistant, farmers using GMOs can use more chemical pesticides on their crops as often as the farmer would like. Further, the possibility for GMO plants to contaminate native and heritage plants is extremely high. In the short-term, natural plants are at risk for becoming GMO because of cross-pollination. In the long-term, this could lead to a lack of natural plant varieties and a change in ecological systems due to the unnatural advantage of the GMOs. In the US currently 93% of soy, 90% of canola, and 86% of corn are GMO. The high level of use makes the possibility of the destruction of native plants very real.

Q: Where can I find a list of non-GMO products?
A:
Visit the Non-GMO Project website for a list of the most commonly genetically modified products, which should be avoided, as well as a list of products that are Non-GMO Project Verified.

NestFreshEggs NestFreshEggs
NestFreshEggs NestFreshEggs
NESTFRESH® EGGS, DENVER, CO 80216
PHONE: 877.241.8385
EMAIL: CONTACT@NESTFRESH.COM
COPYRIGHT© 2015 NESTFRESH® EGGS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.