Nutritional Data on Backyard Eggs

30 04 2009

While this coop is in an area near Sacramento that allows backyard hens, this is a great example of what a Sacramento coop could look like:


I believe this coop holds four hens.

I believe this coop holds four hens.

Here are the healthy, friendly looking hens who live in the coop:


Four laying hens

Four laying hens

And finally, we have a great comparison between an egg produced by one of these hens, and a store bought large sized egg:


Can you guess which one is from the backyard chicken?

Can you guess which one is from the backyard chicken?

If you guessed the egg on the left, you’re right!  That darker, brighter, yolk is full of great nutrients.  Mother Earth News has been conducting studies on the nutritional value of eggs and has this to say about backyard, free-ranging hens:

Eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture are a heck of a lot better than those from chickens raised in cages! Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. We had six eggs from each of the 14 pastured flocks tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore. The chart in Meet the Real Free-range Eggs (October/November 2007) shows the average nutrient content of the samples, compared with the official egg nutrient data from the USDA for “conventional” (i.e. from confined hens) eggs. The chart lists the individual results from each flock.


EAT Sacramento in the news…

23 04 2009

Earlier today, one of our leaders was profiled on KFBK.

A group of people are breaking the law, but they are squawking in an effort to become sunny side up.

See the link to the video here.

Another backyard coop

22 04 2009

Here is another backyard chicken coop.  This style of coop, called a chicken tractor, is small enough that it can be moved around a yard to keep the lawn and garden healthy!


Chicken Tractor

Chicken Tractor


Young hens

Hens helping out in the garden.

Keep sending pictures our way!

Show me your Coop

20 04 2009

EAT Sacramento is looking for photos of your urban chicken coop (in Sacramento or otherwise).  We’d love to show the city that chicken coops can look like a nice, clean part of the backyard!

A backyard chicken run for six laying hens

A backyard chicken run for two laying hens

Chicken Run

Chicken Run



Hen house

Hen house


Please email your pictures to and let us know if it’s okay to post pictures!

Come out to Support Backyard Hens!

20 04 2009

A press conference is being held this Wednesday, April 22nd, in support of proposed changes to the laws regarding backyard hens in Sacramento.  

Please join us!

Come out to McClatchy Park (3500 5th Ave. at 33rd St.) at 10am on Earth Day (April 22nd) to help launch the campaign to amend the chicken ordinance within the City of Sacramento’s code. This exiting press conference will officially announce the effort to make hens legal within the Sacramento city limits.  


Many cities throughout the Unites States including Oakland, Los Angeles, Denver, and Portland (just to name a few) allow residents to raise laying hens. Let’s encourage Sacramento to follow their lead. 

A backyard flock provides nutritious eggs, soil amendment for gardeners, pest control, and countless hours of amusement. Traditionally, a small kitchen garden and a few hens were common in urban backyards. The current economic climate has served as an impetus for Sacramentans to roll up their sleeves and grow their own food. The chicken ordinance inhibits resident’s ability to keep hens for egg production. 

Join local politicians, organizations, and residents as we kick off the campaign to repeal this ordinance!