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Employee Spotlight: A Good Egg for a Good Cause

July 5, 2011

What came first, the chicken or the egg?  Well for Judie McCarthy, Director of Accountant Relations at Bill.com and Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor,  on her 3 acres it’s the chicken, actually 21 chickens.

Several years ago during a routine visit to our localChickens2 hardware store my husband returned home with more than nails and duct tape, he also had a small box that contained 12 baby chicks. His thinking was “our granddaughters will have fun playing with the chickens when they visit and we can have fresh eggs anytime.”  Over the years our flock has grown from the original 12 to 21 that produce on average 10 dozen eggs per week. With only 2 of us that’s a lot of scrambling so we decided to donate the eggs to a worthy cause. 

Originally we started giving some to my dad, an esophageal cancer survivor who had been weakened by surgery and treatment found that eggs were easy to eat and provided him with great nutritional value, over time we noticed that he was getting stronger and had more energy. His doctor attributed this to the high level of vitamins and protein in the eggs. We thought if they were good for him that other seniors may benefit from our eggs as well.  We began sending 5-7 dozen eggs a week for him to distribute to others in his retirement community that were recovering from illness or just needed an easy to eat source of protein.  The seniors love the taste and benefits of eggs from our chickens. They are free range and are not injected with hormones or antibiotics.

Thanks to a 2007 study by Mother Earth News that took egg samples from 14 different flocks, there is some beneficial data to back up the claim that free range or pastured eggs are better for you. Here are some of the benefits:

1) Less Cholesterol: According to the study there was 1/3 less cholesterol in the free-range eggs. This is good news for an egg lover like me who also has a family history of high cholesterol.

2) Less Saturated Fat: Mother Earth News found 25% less saturated fat in the pastured chicken eggs. Saturated fat is a buzz word in the food world now, with reason, so anything with less is always a plus.

3) More Vitamin A and E: Vitamin A helps in all sorts of areas including vision, skin health, immune function, and so much more. There isn't as much information out there on Vitamin E, but I think we can assume it does have a purpose.

4) Extra Omega-3s: We are constantly learning more about the Omega-3s, but there has already been a lot of research pointing to benefits for people with heart concerns. Double the Omega-3s is a good thing!

5) They Just Taste Great: I suppose this is more of an anecdotal thing, but I believe pastured eggs just plain taste better.

Other great benefits of raising chickens:

  • Chickens are inexpensive & easy to purchase and care for
  • They produce valuable fertilizer
  • The will eat any organic garbage

All in all it doesn’t matter whether it is the chicken that came first or the egg. What matters is that the eggs are being enjoyed and used for a good cause.  My husband had a great notion when he brought those baby chicks home. We were able to help others and we never missed out on a good breakfast!

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