Pastured and Free Range Heritage Turkey Eggs
If you watch our videos on The Dancing Farm you know that all of our Poultry are able to roam freely on our farmstead and in our pastures. By roaming our farm our Heritage Breed Turkeys are able to forage for the best and healthiest foods found only in Nature. Although our birds are also given organic feed, during the growing season all of our animals prefer finding the freshest and most nutritious natural foods such as grasses, seeds, blossoms, fruit and insects. All of this nutrition and exercise is then transferred to the healthiest eggs available. Happy Birds make the best Eggs. To prove this point we encourage everyone to compare an egg purchased at a supermarket with an egg from our farm and you will be shocked by how different the eggs are in appearance and most importantly in taste.
Our Heritage Breed Turkey Eggs are very popular for making Ukranian Pysanka Easter Eggs because of their very hard shells and thick inner liner. Our Turkey Eggs are used in all recipes and we love eating them hard boiled as a great mid-day snack. One Turkey Egg is equal in weight to 3 Large Chicken Eggs.
Unless you lived in another country, most people in the US believe that Eggs need to be refrigerated always in order to stay fresh which is not true. Female birds (or Hens) of all species secrete a protective film around the egg that is being laid which acts as an antimicrobial barrier. Factory and industrial Egg farms wash and disinfect their eggs removing this protective layer and therefore need to keep their Eggs refrigerated. Our Pastured Free Range Eggs are not washed and the protective layer remains allowing us to ship and store our Eggs at room temperature just as they do in most other countries around the World.
Our Eggs are packed and shipped on the same day and sent by USPS Priority Mail. Because all of our eggs are extremely fresh and unwashed our Eggs are able to stay unrefrigerated for up to a month. We encourage our customers to wash and rinse our Eggs with a mild soap before using. Once our Eggs have been washed they would need to be refrigerated.
Please Note: These Eggs are not fertilized Eggs and will not hatch in an incubator.
Most breeds of heritage turkey were developed in the United States and Europe over hundreds of years, and were identified in the American Poultry Association's turkey Standard of Perfection of 1874. These breeds include the Standard Bronze, Bourbon Red, Narragansett, Jersey Buff, Slate, Black Spanish, and White Holland. Later added to the standard were the Royal Palm, White Midget and Beltsville Small White.
Large corporations have dominated turkey production and breeding since the 1960's, choosing the Broad Breasted Whites because of high breast meat production in a short period. But Heritage Breeds have been quietly gaining a renewed market and respect due to their flavor and superior biological diversity.
Raising Heritage Breeds is more costly and time consuming than raising White Breasted Toms. While supermarket turkeys grow to an average of 32 pounds over 18 weeks, Heritage birds take anywhere from 24-30 to reach their market weight. But those who have tasted Heritage Breeds say the cost-and the wait-are well worth it.