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By Jesse Laflamme
This week 207 million eggs had to be recalled due to a Salmonella outbreak on a farm in North Carolina operated by Rose Acre Farms, the second largest egg producer in the country. While this recall does not affect Nellie’s, we were saddened by those impacted and amazed by its extent, given that it was from just one farm. You may not know this, but hens, on average, lay just under one egg per day. So to produce that many eggs in 90 days, you need about 2.5 million hens. That is like taking every single person that lives in the city of Chicago, and putting them on a single farm.
That approach to producing eggs is common because it’s efficient and inexpensive. But cheap eggs are very costly in other ways – consider the lives of the hens! About 9 out of 10 eggs sold in the U.S. come from eggs produced by hens that live in cages so small they can’t move around or flap their wings. If you think that’s a difficult environment in which to control disease, you’re right. The primary way they combat disease is by feeding the hens antibiotics in their food or water and accepting a high hen mortality rate.
At Nellie’s Free Range, we don’t pretend that we can control everything. What is different about us, however, is that our farms are human-scale (roughly 1-2% the size of these factory sized farms) and each one is owned and operated by a single family. The farmers care about their birds and they care about their product. And if anything was to happen on one of our farms, the number of eggs affected would be in the thousands, not in the hundreds of millions.
Thank you for supporting our Certified Humane, Free Range Farms. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
So happy to have found Nellie's Free Range, the best eggs ever! Especially love the fact that your hens are treated with kindness. Had to stop eating eggs for a while, because of the treatment of the hens. These eggs taste like the eggs laid by the hens owned by my grandmother's friends, Miss Emma and Miss Ida in Augusta, Georgia. Thank you!
Hey Linda, we totally understand why you stopped eating eggs. The way hens are treated on the vast majority of U.S. commercial farms is cruel and horrible to behold. We're happy that we've chosen the right way to egg farm--by treating all of our animals with kindness. We're glad our eggs bring back such great memories for you, and we're thrilled that you can enjoy them for all your meals.
Living here in the Sonoma Valkey /Petaluma area-we are fortunate to have local, organic & humane eggs readily available . I recently went grocery shopping with eggs on my list. That day, the local market was out of the local brand that I always support, not knowing which eggs to purchase? I picked up Nellie’s to give them a try? I found these eggs to be absolutely delicious with their deep colored yolks & rich flavor, they are without a doubt on my list for future purchase. I am very particular about the eggs I purchase. Nellie’s, thanks for all you do!
RJ - Cotati, CA
Hi RJ! Thank you for taking the time to stop by our site and tell us about your experience with our eggs. We're proud to produce quality eggs at each of our small family farms and we're thrilled to hear that you could taste the difference. We know how awesome it is to see those golden yolks and enjoy the taste of fresh eggs. Thanks for your support!
I love these eggs and I'm willing to pay a premium price for them, however there is typically one out of 6 that has a cracked shell when I open the package. Does Nellie's have a customer satisfaction policy? The store I purchase them at is too far to return one egg.
Hi Dennis! Thank you for your loyalty. We're so sorry to hear about your trouble with cracked eggs. We'd love to make it right and give you some compensation for the trouble. Could you shoot us an email at [email protected]
Folks, Very interesting . I have raised small flocks of chickens on and off for many years. I recently purchased a small hobby Farm in Lebanon, CT and plan to build a small poultry house, with access to outside pasture. I am looking at ways a Hobby Farmer can obtain the Certified Humane status. Keep up the good work, customers and Farmers need You...
Thanks Blain Kukevitch Stone Oak Farms Lebanon, CT
Thank you so much for your heartfelt words, Blain! We saw your Facebook post as well, and although we aren't adding any partner farmers in New England at the moment, we would love to get your contact information so that we can reach out in the future if our needs change. Do you mind sending us an email at [email protected] (a direct message on Facebook works, too)? We look forward to continuing the conversation!
I'd never given any thought to where eggs in the store come from...I guess like a lot of other people. Recently, I saw how the hens in big commercial facilities are treated. I was shocked and saddened. Now I am researching the Certified Humane label. I will never purchase regular eggs at the store again. I'm looking for Nellie's in my area. Have not found them yet but they have to be somewhere. Thank you for treating the animals so well.
Thank you so much for choosing a humane option, Ken. Please let us know if we can help you track our eggs down!
My daughter bought me a dozen of your eggs. I live on a fixed income and they are a little more than I can afford. Oh my goodness how good they are. Haven’t had an egg that taste that good in MANY years. So thankful they are available. I want to encourage people to try them.
Hearing stories like this truly make our day, Gwen. We're so excited to hear that you enjoyed the eggs that your daughter brought you! If you're interested, we have a couple offers that can help defray the cost of a couple cartons: https://www.nelliesfreerange.com/promotions-and-coupons. Thank you so much for the support and kind words!
Love your products and love that you care about hens! I'll keep spreading the word about Nellie's Free Range Eggs and Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs. Keep up the good work!
Hi Dane! We're so thankful for your kind words. Our small family farms are extremely proud to produce eggs humanely. We know it's not easy, but it's certainly worth it. We'll make sure to pass on your kind words to them!
I absolutely LOVE Nellie’s eggs. I never buy any other kind.
Thank you for reaching out and for your support of our small family farms, Hyacinth!
Thank you for considering the lives of these small feathered Beings and allowing them happy, healthy lives. Their eggs are gifts to us, and we need to treat these hens accordingly. Thank you! Thank you for your gift to this planet and humanity by providing a delicious, safe product in such a conscious manner! I praise your eggs to anyone that stands still long enough to listen! You will always have my support!
Thank you, Cat. We know it is not as easy to do things the way we do, but we certainly believe it is worth it! Thanks for supporting what we believe in.
I am so grateful to Nellie's for such a reliable and humanely produced product! There have been so many salmonella outbreaks related to chicken products in the past year and it has been such a comfort to know I can rely on Nellie's to be safe to feed to my family! Thank you!
Hello Ashley! We're thankful that you and your family are enjoying our eggs. We know a lot of work goes into partnering with small family farms to raise our girls, but we would not have it any other way. Thank you for supporting our efforts!
I purchase Nellies Free-Range eggs only. I feel strongly about supporting family farms and consuming high quality products that are affordable and safe for all. Moreover, I’m happy the chickens are happy.
Thank you so much for supporting humane practices with your dollar, Jill!
I purchased a dozen of your eggs at my Publix. I just made two eggs and toast. BEST Eggs Ever. Not only could you see the goodness but the taste took me back to childhood farm freshness... Delish! I love your mission and it is obvious to me that Healthly Happy Free Hens produce the very best...nutrish & delish. Thank you!
Lisa, thank you so much for such a kind comment. We're truly honored that you chose our eggs to go with your toast, and we hope they'll continue to be a staple in your kitchen for years to come!