Your Chickens - - Feature | Infocus -

Hens kept on egg-lay­ing farms work hard all year round, so there are al­ways eggs in the shops. As gar­den chick­ens usu­ally take a rest dur­ing win­ter, you may have had to buy eggs for a while. Have you no­ticed that shop eggs are usu­ally stamped with a code? This can tell you a lot about the egg and the hen who laid it. Here’s your code-breaker:

First there is a let­ter or num­ber show­ing how the hen was kept: – this hen lived on an or­ganic farm

1 – the hen that laid this egg was free-range

2 – this egg was laid by a hen who lived in a barn

3 – and the hen lay­ing this egg was kept in a cage

Next you will prob­a­bly see the let­ters UK – show­ing the coun­try where the egg was laid. Then come some num­bers. Each egg-farm has its own spe­cial num­ber so the egg can be traced right back to the place where it was laid.

You may also see a best-be­fore date and a pic­ture of a lion on your eggshell. This is a spe­cial mark to show the eggs have been pro­duced un­der the strict food-safety con­trols of the Bri­tish Lion Code of Prac­tice.

Take a good look at the shell of your next boiled egg – be­fore you smash the top!

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