Facts and FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions & Some Eggy Facts…

 

We have consulted with British Red Lion and answered based on our own knowledge of being poultry farmers for 30 years! Any further questions please just get in touch, via social, email or phone.

Eggs contain vitamins
Eggs are highly nutritious and contain all vitamins except vitamin c. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.
How many eggs do we eat?

13.1 billion eggs were consumed in the UK in 2019! Only 56% of those were free-range (organic approx. 3%). We firmly believe in traditional methods and that hens should be able to roam freely – which is why we have so many varieties – giving people an egg for any occasion. Our Hen Picked are our mixed weight family value egg – free-range but at a price that competes with barn eggs.

How many eggs can I eat?
As many as you like!

Neither the Department of Health nor the British Heart Foundation recommend a limit on the number of eggs you can eat. Some people have had reservations in the past about eating eggs, due to their cholesterol content, but it is now recognised that eating too much saturated fat is more likely to raise blood cholesterol than eating foods rich in dietary cholesterol. Eggs are not high in saturated fat.

How do you know if an egg is fresh?

All our eggs carry a data stamp, however if you want to make double sure you can pop your egg into a glass or bowl of water and if it sinks it’s fresh and if it floats it’s stale.

Where should I store eggs?
For optimum freshness and food safety, eggs should be kept at a constant temperature below 20°C.  This is why it is advised to keep the eggs in the fridge so they can be kept at a constant temperature.
Are raw eggs safe?

The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that raw/ runny eggs are safe for all! As long as they have the British Lion stamp on. Download PDF for more info.

Every St Ewe egg has the Red Lion stamp of approval! We are also SALSA accredited, RSPCA Assured and Vegetarian Society approved.

Delivering high quality, nutrient packed eggs to the market is what gets us out of bed each day. We ensure these high standards are met across our farms and for our hens…and good nutrition starts with them.

Our new Super Eggs showcase this perfectly. We give our hens an incredibly nutritious feed enriched with selenium & DHA Omega 3, which  is fantastic for their health and in turn they deposit these nutrients into the eggs for us.

Selenium & DHA Omega 3 are essential for these more vulnerable groups; pregnant woman, children & the elderly. With benefits including:

  • Immune system support
  • Contribution to brain health and function, maternal health and cognitive function in the elderly.
  • Slowing the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • DHA helps brain, eye and nerve development, visual health and function and eye health essential for children and babies
How often do hen's lay eggs?
To produce one egg, it takes a hen 24-26 hours! Did you also know that as a hen grows older she produces larger eggs.

We make sure we have no wastage from our hard working hens, which is why we have an egg brand for every occasion. Our Hen Picked eggs are a mixed weight box and sometimes feature pullets eggs (from younger birds), these are beautiful for pickling and poaching. Then you have the Original Medium, Original Large…right up to Grand (XL eggs).

White Eggs vs Brown Eggs
The colour of the egg shell is dependent on the breed of the hen. In general, white hens produce white eggs and brown hens brown eggs. Since the 1980s the British industry has produced almost 100 per cent brown shelled eggs, although several other countries still produce white shelled eggs. There is no nutritional difference between white and brown shelled eggs.

We have introduced a flock of white birds on our home farm, they are beautiful birds and we mainly used these eggs in our paasteuriser as the shells tend to be slightly thinner so easier to break in the breaker.

Can I recycle the egg box?

Our egg cartons are made from 100% recycled material; either RPET or newspaper pulp, and are 100% recyclable.  

Did you know that you can reuse all your egg shells as well? They can be used in a number of ways in the garden;

  1. Crushed up egg shells sprinkled around plants help prevent snails and slugs from munching on your precious plants.
  2. You can mix together crushed shells and dried coffee grounds and add to potted plants to boost nutrients in the soil
  3. The water that you use to boil your eggs can be used on your plants – the egg shell’s calcium that has leached into the water benefits the plant. Just make sure you let it cool down first!
  4. Add egg shells to your compost heap to boost nutrients for future planting
  5. Start new seeds in the egg shell, again the seeds will benefit from the shell’s nutrients and the shell will break down in the soil as the plant grows. Magic!
Where do we sell our eggs?

Our eggs are available nationwide from Ocado, Cotswold Fayre and Milk & More. We are also available in Asda, Sainsbury’s & Tesco across the South West

Our whole range is available from The Great Cornish Food Store in Truro, Cornwall.

We offer our eggs via wholesale – so just get in touch to find out more