1. Eggs last 4-5 weeks from the packing date (typically about 3 weeks after you buy them).

2. A large egg contains 70 calories.

3. The average chicken lays 250-300 eggs per year!

4. Contrary to the grassy picture on many cartons, “Cage-Free” does not mean that hens are kept outside. Cage-Free hens may roam in a building or room (located within a barn or poultry house) and have unlimited access to food and water.

5. There are 3 grades of eggs: AA, A and B. Grades are given based on external and internal quality including: shell texture, egg shape, albumen thickness, and the size of the air cell.

6. To be considered “organic,” hens are fed chicken feed without conventional pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers. Organic designation does not mean the hens are cage free.

7. Both the upper and lower beaks of commercial hens are trimmed by a cauterizing machine to prevent them from pecking one another.

8. Hens which eat only vegetable foods and vegetarian feed are designated “vegetarian eggs.”

9. As a hen get older, her egg size increases.

10. Fresh eggs which are hard-boiled, are more difficult to peel

11. Since 1997, egg consumption is on the rise. In 2007, the average American consumes 259 eggs per year.


US Egg Consumption

  1. Incredible Edible Egg
  2. Farm Animal Statistics: Dairy and Egg Consumption | The Humane Society of the United States
  3. American Egg Board