Fast Facts on Alberta Eggs
Get eggucated on some of the key egg farming facts in Alberta:
There are 170 local family farms producing more than 60 million dozen eggs every year! Meet an egg farmer family here.
Eggs are kept in the fridge in Canada because all eggs are washed at a grading station, such as Sparks Eggs and Burnbrae. Eggs found on the shelf in other countries are not washed and do not need to be stored in the fridge.
There is no difference in nutrition between a brown and a white egg. Brown eggs tend to be higher in price due to brown hens eating more food because they are a bigger bird.
Fresh means fast. Eggs take about a week from the time they leave the farm, head to the grading station and then are transported to the grocery store. Eggs can even be at the store within 24 hours from being laid! Learn more about the journey of Alberta eggs here.
Steroids have been banned in Canada in the poultry industry for over 50 years, and farmers can only use certain types of antibiotics on their hens if they’re sick.
Alberta has the smallest average flock size in Canada, coming in at around 14,698 hens.
Free-run eggs come from hens who roam freely within an enclosed barn with perches and nests, while free-range eggs come from hens who can roam indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather.
We hope you learned something new about Alberta eggs! Check out our FAQs to learn more.