Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of frequently asked questions - but please do not hesitate to reach out with additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. HOW DO YOU SHIP YOUR EGGS?
We ship our eggs unwashed - as nature intended. (What is done in most countries outside of the US)
What does this mean?! Our eggs arrive to you in the state they were laid.
Before a hen lays an egg, her body creates a thin, invisible, protective layer called the “bloom” over the shell. The bloom seals the thousands of pores on the shell, protecting the egg from bacteria getting inside. When eggs are washed, the bloom is removed, leaving the egg pores open to potential new bacteria. Eggs in stores are washed and can be washed using harsh chemicals such as chlorine, enzymes or other detergents (no thank you), and then coated with mineral oils to reseal the pores. (And can be several months old! Our eggs have been laid within the past 7 days)
Since we leave the natural bloom intact on our eggs, we do not have to worry about temperature control or sanitization issues when shipping. So we pack up your eggs safely with foam inside cartons so we can ensure that the eggs arrive in a safe and healthy condition, directly at your doorstep.
2. HOW LONG DO YOUR EGGS LAST?
In general, unwashed eggs will last around 2-3 weeks unrefrigerated and about three months or more when stored in the fridge.
3. EGGS ARE SOLD OUT - HOW DO I BUY THEM?
We operate on a week-to-week schedule.
We collect eggs every day, safely pack them in cartons with foam.
And then ship out boxes every Monday and Tuesday of each week.
We prioritize filling our subscriber orders (which go through each Friday).
And then we open up egg boxes (available for one time purchase or subscription) each week.
The waitlist is the first group notified when new egg boxes are available - so make you sign up for the waitlist here.
4. WHY ARE YOUR EGGS SO EGG-SPENSIVE?
Well, we created something unique - eggs you can't find elsewhere.
And it is a lot more expensive to feed our chickens since we have a custom-made, one of a kind feed.
Corn and soy are government subsidized, which means the feed is relatively inexpensive to buy.
Most regenerative, pasture-raised farms still buy feed high in government subsidized ingredients (corn and soy).
Most farms also only buy 'non GMO' feed, which is NOT organic. Synthetic, toxic chemicals are still used in non GMO production, which show up in the feed, and trace amounts can show up in your eggs.
We do not use chemicals, as this is harmful for our own health, the chicken's health, and the environment.
We source Organic ingredients for our feed, another factor for the higher cost.
As a result of the above, our feed costs are 3-5X higher.
And lastly, the packaging equipment and foam required to deliver to your door is an additional cost (outside of just standard egg cartons that you buy at the store).
We hope that we can start to lower shipping fees overtime as we continue to grow.
Thanks for joining us as we try to change the egg industry - your support will help us egg-spand and overtime we are working on getting better shipping rates.
5. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are in Southwest Michigan, and are working on adding farm partners overtime in the area. We would coordinate the delivery of our custom-made feed, and ensure all farm partners are practicing regenerative agriculture (chickens live out on pasture, and are regularly rotated to a fresh patch of grass - better for the animal, better for you, and better for the environment).
6. ARE YOUR EGGS 100% GRASS FED?
The reality is that there are no 100% grass-fed chickens since chickens are omnivores, not vegetarians. (Please don’t fall for the ‘Vegetarian Fed’ label at the grocery store! That is a marketing scam and simply means chickens are stuffed inside buildings eating a corn and soy based diet).
Chickens are monogastric (single stomached) animals (like us), meaning they cannot get their required protein intake from grass alone (unlike ruminants such as cows). So while our chickens consume grass and bugs on pasture, they are supplemented with our custom-made feed (in addition to beef meat scraps and organs!)
7. WHAT DOES PASTURE-RAISED MEAN?
Unfortunately, the term pasture-raised is not regulated. So this can mean chickens live inside a barn and have access to a small door and a single pasture 365 days out of the year (which gets degraded).
Eggs from truly pasture-raised chickens contain significantly more nutrients since the chicken’s diet directly affects the level of nutrients in the eggs. Hens on pasture have access to all kinds of things not available to chickens in a cage where the producer reduces the feed down to just a few ingredients like corn and soy with minimal (or no) pasture access.
8. HOW DOES THE SUBSCRIPTION WORK?
You can choose to 'subscribe and save' when you check out. This means that you are GUARANTEED AN EGG BOX at your desired frequency.
But our subscription is relatively 'relaxed' - meaning we email you a few days in advance checking to see if you would like the order to go through, or if you would like to skip this interval.
Here is a link to where you can manage your subscription (change frequency, skip, pause or cancel).
9. WHERE CAN I BUY MEAT, DAIRY, SOURDOUGH, BROTH AND DOG FOOD?
Check out www.nourishcooperative.com
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