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Are fertilized eggs more nutritious?

post #1 of 4
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I had someone tell me this week that my eggs were the nutritional equivalent of commercially produced eggs because I don't keep a rooster with my hens. Is there any truth to this?

Suburban homesteading with a couple of hens, three big dogs, three cats, and some surprises in the brooder.
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post #2 of 4

No, there isn't. The nutrition of the egg depends on what is fed to the chicken, not whether or not there is an extra cell donated from the rooster.

post #3 of 4
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That was my thought. I mean, I suppose the nutritional value of an egg with a developing chick might be different, but I can't imagine that a tiny dose of rooster sperm would make much of a difference. The guy swore to me that I wouldn't have the "fortification benefits" that increase calcium, magnesium, and potassium levels...

Suburban homesteading with a couple of hens, three big dogs, three cats, and some surprises in the brooder.
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The only difference, as said, is within diet. And surely there's a BIG difference in store bought vs home grown eggs. . . And even more so if the feed isn't commercial or the hens are free ranged.

currently breeding Araucanas, Tolbunt Polish, and Shamos --- occasionally Olive Eggers
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