Frequently Asked Questions

Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about Consider Pastures. If you don’t find your question here, feel free as a pasture-raised hen to contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

General

Where can I buy Consider Pastures Eggs?

Our pasture-raised eggs are available in grocery stores, co-ops, and independent retailers that share our vision for a more considered world. Currently, they can be found at select Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast, as well as all Earthfare, Central Market, and Harris Teeter locations. Don’t see them at your favorite store? Click here to request that they carry our eggs.

Why regenerative agriculture?

Currently, pasture-raised egg production focuses exclusively on animal welfare and the amount of living space the hens are given. However, a typical pasture-raised farm is a fenced-off island separated from the broader ecosystem. With Consider Pastures, we’ve leveraged our expertise to pioneer a better pasture-raised model, too. We believe that in addition to providing the highest level of animal welfare, we can also lead the industry in doing better by our Earth. Using the principles of regenerative agriculture to integrate our farms into a holistic ecosystem has the power to help heal a planet (and food system) in distress. The health of our land cannot wait any longer. We’re committed to developing a playbook for regenerative egg farming and eventually sharing those learnings with other egg companies who want to join us on the regenerative journey. We’re all in this together.

What's a B Corp?

Certified B Corps like Consider Pastures use business as a force for good with a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Earning this certification requires strict accountability to verify the positive impact the business has on its customers, community, workers, and environment.

Who designed your cartons?

We're so thrilled to hear that our cartons caught your eye! They're certainly one of a kind. The design was inspired by the first egg carton invented in 1911 and came to life in collaboration with design agency Pearlfisher.

Are your cartons sustainable?

We're proud to say that our egg cartons are made from 30% post-consumer FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified materials and printed with inks derived from soy, a bio renewable ink source.

Can I carry your eggs at my store?

We’re still working hard to expand our distribution and currently only have one distributor in NYC. If you're in the area and interested in carrying our eggs, please drop them a line and keep us posted if there’s anything we can do to help.

How are you affiliated with Pete and Gerry’s?

Pete and Gerry's is our sister brand that is focused on organic, free range eggs, whereas Consider Pastures focuses more deeply on the principles of regenerative agriculture and Certified Humane Pasture-Raised standards. We hope you’ll give one or both brands a try if you haven’t already!

Our Eggs

Are your eggs organic or non-GMO?

Our hens spend most of their days on spacious pastures where they like to forage, scratch, dust bathe, and exhibit other natural behaviors. They also have access to a spacious coop, which provides them shelter from inclement weather and is a safe space where they can access fresh feed and water whenever they please. This supplemental feed is not certified organic, and therefore, our eggs are not certified organic. Organic certification isn’t something we’re actively pursuing, but it’s certainly something we’ll remain open to for the future.

Are your eggs soy-free?

Soy isn't an ingredient in our eggs, but our hens do consume soybeans as part of their supplemental feed. When hens digest these soybeans, their bodies metabolize the nutrients and change the protein structure into a form they can use. This means that by the time eggs are formed, soy phytoestrogen levels have declined.

What does yolk color mean?

The yolk says it all: thanks to our hens’ varied diet of outdoor forage, Consider Pastures Eggs tend to have intensely hued amber yolks. That said, we're also going to be honest with you: fluctuations in yolk color throughout the year are a natural occurrence for laying hens. Each hen is unique, and factors like weather, time of year, flock age, and feeding preferences all play a part in determining yolk color. Feel free to drop us a line if you ever get curious about the yolks in your Consider Pastures carton.

What are blood spots and can I eat them?

Blood spots can occur in up to 6% of all brown shelled eggs, but they typically aren't too much to worry about. They're caused by a ruptured blood vessel on the surface of the yolk as it's being formed - this can happen when a hen catches a cold, becomes startled, or experiences a change in weather. They're considered safe to eat and can usually be removed with a carefully wielded knife or spoon. If you're ever worried about a blood spot in one of our eggs, drop us a line and we'd be happy to take a look.

Our Farms

Where are your farms located?

Our farms are located along the East Coast, and we plan on adding new farms that follow the practices of regenerative agriculture to our network in the near future.

What does pasture-raised mean?

Pasture-raised hens are given the opportunity to roam on green, grassy pastures every single day. In general, every hen in a pasture-raised flock has anywhere from 35 to 108 square feet of pasture to herself. Third-party certifier Certified Humane requires the upper end of this scale for its pasture-raised certification. Benefits for the hens include healthier, more fulfilling lives; the ability to practice natural behaviors and instincts such as foraging, dust bathing, and perching; and a varied, species-appropriate diet.

What is regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach to farming that considers the impact of every aspect of farming on local ecosystems and our planet as a whole, ultimately aiming to reduce climate footprint and actively give back to the land. Want to learn more? Check out Regenerative Agriculture 101.

Our Hens

What do your hens eat?

Our hens are pasture raised, so they receive most of their nutrients from plants and insects that they find out in the grass. We make sure they’re getting the right amount of nutrients by providing a supplemental feed that includes grains and greens including corn and soybeans.

What happens to male chicks?

As of today, there unfortunately aren’t any egg companies in the United States (at least that we know of) that don’t source their chicks from hatcheries that participate in male chick culling. This isn’t by choice, but by design - and trust us when we say that we’re fully aware how flawed this design is. A brief explanation: in the U.S., hatcheries are usually owned and operated by companies that own the rights to the genetics of the hen breed(s) that they hatch, so egg producers like us that require a particular hen breed don't have nearly as many options when it comes to choosing which hatcheries we work with as, say, a backyard chicken enthusiast or micro-farm might have. Although there have been major, incredibly promising advances in in-egg sexing technologies overseas, they haven’t made it to the U.S. quite yet. This is why none of the hatcheries available to egg producers like us have adopted those technologies. That’s a very condensed explanation of a complex, nuanced issue, so drop us a line if you'd like to talk it over.

What happens to retired hens?

We’ve considered just about every viable option for our hens at the end of their laying days. The most obvious one is to keep them ourselves; to let our flocks live out the remainder of their lives on the pasture. There are a two unfortunate but very real drawbacks of this approach: not only would this put our partner farmers in an extremely tight spot financially-speaking, but the excess cost of caring for, feeding, and maintaining pasture for non-laying hens would raise the cost of our eggs to an estimated $12+ per dozen, which is not affordable for the vast majority of our consumers. At the end of a flock’s natural laying cycle, we contract with several poultry transportation and processing companies to purchase our hens. These companies send trained and certified humane handling poultry crews to our farms to pick up the hens. At this point, the hens belong to that company, but we have worked with them to ensure that our birds are going to acceptable follow-on markets; typically federally-inspected processing plants that specialize in processing laying hens for food production. For consumers who want eggs from hens that are never slaughtered, we understand that our eggs will not be a suitable option. If you fall in that boat, we’re happy to point you in the direction of our favorite resources for backyard chicken-keeping, and we’re always open to offering advice.