Nature’s Yoke Frequently Asked Questions
We at Nature’s Yoke do not determine the expiration date of our eggs. This is something determined by the state and/or federal law. If you are concerned about the quality of the eggs after the expiration date on the carton, the safest thing to do is to dispose of the eggs. Most eggs are good for about 3 weeks after you bring them home from the store. Always remember to cook eggs thoroughly to reduce any health concerns.
A simple test can help you determine if the egg is safe to eat. Fill a glass or bowl with cold water and place the egg in it. The water should be at least twice the height of an egg. If the egg sinks to the bottom it’s safe! If it starts to stand up then it’s ok to eat but you should eat it as soon as possible. If the egg floats to the top of the water you should not eat it.
Cage-Free means that our hens are not kept in cages but instead have the freedom to roam about at will in barns or outdoor pastures. This means the hens are free to explore the barn or hunker down and rest on their nest. We also provide roosts so our hens can rest how they naturally want to.
All of our eggs at Nature’s Yoke are cage-free as we believe that our hens should have plenty of room to move around. Our hens are able to walk around, scratch, and spread their wings, all of which are vital aspects of being a chicken. They are able to eat and drink freely so they learn their own body cycles.
As all of our hens are raised on small family farms these flocks aren’t the huge kind that provide for a low amount of space for each bird. Our flocks have plenty of ample room and we ensure they enjoy natural sunlight as well.
Organic Eggs are eggs produced by cage-free chickens that are cared for according to an organic system plan. Our eggs as well as our farms and grading facilities are all certified organic by Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), a USDA-credited organic certifying agency. We meet or exceed the standards for this certification as well as the standards set by the Humane Farm Animal Care organization (Certified Humane).
The PCO board monitors the hen care and all the procedures pertaining to egg protection. They ensure that we follow the qualifying regulations including cage-free barns, feeding strictly non-GMO and organic grains, and not using antibiotics.
Certified Humane inspects each of our family-owned, sustainable farms. They ensure that each barn has plenty of room for the number of birds and adequately supplies feed and water. They also inspect for cleanliness of barns, lighting, air quality, number of perches, nesting boxes and more.
For more information, both PCO and Certified Humane’s standards can be found on their websites.
Some farmers use various types of drugs with their chickens to increase their growth or provide antibiotics for their immune system. We at Nature’s Yoke don’t use any of these and believe that our chickens are happier and healthier without them. We know you can taste the difference!
No artificial or added hormones are used for poultry production in the United States. This practice has been banned and out of use since the 1950s and we at Nature’s Yokes subscribe to the natural lifestyle for our chickens. You won’t find any additional growth promoting hormones implants or extra steroids in our flocks. Besides it’s been proven that natural chickens grow as fast and big as their added hormone counterparts.
Furthermore, we believe in growing our chicken’s immune systems naturally. By allowing them to build up their own immunity to diseases they live a healthier life and produce a product that is of a higher quality.
Lastly, there are no added drugs in our chicken feed. Some farmers add various concoctions to promote growth, some of which can include trace amounts of arsenic. Although some of these have been banned from use we at Nature’s Yoke have banned them all and raise our chickens the natural way. Something we think you and your family will appreciate.
We’d love for you to try our products! You can find them in many grocery stores on the east coast. For a full list and to find a store near you visit our Store Locator Page. Our eggs can be found in stores in the following states:
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
If our eggs aren’t in your area feel free to talk to your local store manager. We’d love to work with them to get you the best product possible!
To email our team feel free to use our contact form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
We’re also available through the following methods:
165 North Shirk Road
New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: (888) 469-3447
Fax: (717) 354-4402
Additionally, you can find us on our social media channels as well. We’d love to hear what you have to say! Interact with use and let us know how you’re using our products.