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Q. What causes blood spots in an egg?

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A. Blood spots, sometimes called meat spots are caused by a blood vessel on the yolk rupturing during formation of the egg and do not indicate a fertilized egg or the beginning of embryo growth and does not affect the nutrition value or quality of the egg. All eggs are required to be candled to check for blood spots however occasionally some can be missed during this process, less than 1% of all eggs produced have blood spots. Eggs that have blood spots are perfectly safe to eat, the spot can be removed with the tip of a knife if you prefer.

Q. What is candling?

A. Candling is the process of using light to help determine the quality of the inside of an egg by allowing the operator to “see” the inside of the egg checking for blood spots and also to measure the size of the air cell to determine the grade and detect cracks in the shell. Most large commercial producers utilize an automated mass scanning system where the eggs move along a belt where they are illuminated and defective eggs removed by the operator, at Fresh Start Family Farms every egg is individually candled.

Q. Why are some hard-boiled eggs difficult to peel?

A. Eggs have an air cell inside the big end that grows as the egg ages, as this happens the egg begins to pull away from the shell making it easier to peel so the fresher the egg the harder it is to peel.

Q. What is the white stringy thing inside an egg?

A. The white thing attached to the yolk is called a chalazae (ka-LAY-zee) and is a natural part of the egg to keep the yolk centered and is not the beginning of an embryo.

Q. How do you read the dates on the end of an egg carton?

A. Egg cartons are required to be stamped with the date eggs are processed and packaged, this is usually expressed by Julian date (the number of that day of the year) but can be represented by the day month year. Additional markings can include the “sell by”  or “exp” date this date cannot be more than 30 days from the pack date, the plant of that producer normally represented by the letter P followed by that producers plant such as “P203”.  

Q. What do all the different labels mean?

A. Cage Free: Hens are un-caged inside  house but they generally do not have access to the outdoors. They can engage in many of their natural behaviors such as walking, nesting and spreading their wings, and roosting.

   Free Range:Typically, free-range hens are un-caged inside houses and have some outdoor access, but there are no requirements for the amount, duration or quality of outdoor access. Since they are not caged, they can engage in many natural behaviors such as nesting and roosting.

   Pasture Raised: Hens have unrestrained access to the outside and are allowed to forage as they please scratching, eating insects, taking dust bathes, and whatever else they like to do naturally. At night, they’re brought inside for safety and to roost.

 At Fresh Start Family Farms our hens are all of these in the truest sense, not just implied. We don’t just make the claim on our cartons, we invite you to come visit and see for yourself. Our hens are never caged and have acres to roam and forage as they please.

Q.  How is the size grade determined such as “Large” “Xtra Large”?

A.The “size” refers to the total net weight per dozen eggs not necessarily the physical size of each egg, while the two are related the physical size may vary.

Size or Weight Class

Minimum net weight per dozen


15 ounces


18 ounces


21 ounces


24 ounces

Extra Large

27 ounces


30 ounces