Welcome to Farm Gate Texas

Where the farm meets the city. Three generations working together, raising backyard chickens

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Fresh FREE-RANGE pastured, Cage-Free chicken eggs that are truly just that.

Free Range pastured, Cage-Free Chickens are chickens that are allowed to roam freely and forage for insects and plants to supplement their diet naturally.We also have our chickens tested for Pullorum Typhoid (PT) each year.

Free-Range: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, free-range chickens must have access to the outdoors even if the access is pavement, but may still be kept confined in a coop or cage. They do not have to have access to pasture.Their diet includes mostly grain, and is supplemented minimally by insects that may happen to stray into their cages.

Cage Free: Cage-free chickens may be kept indoors, but not enclosed in cages. Some barns hold as many as 200,000 chickens.This does not mean they are not confined! Each chicken is allotted about a square yard or less of space to call their own.
A typical commercial chicken feed ratio includes between 35 to 48% soy beans. Soy and corn are the most abundantly found ingredients in all poultry feeds.

True free-range eggs, now increasingly referred to as "pasture-raised," are from hens that roam freely outdoors on a pasture where they can forage for their natural diet, which includes seeds, green plants, insects, and worms.Pastured chickens have access to land that is mostly covered in vegetation. At night, the chickens will be able to go indoors and sleep in a safe enclosure. This foraging is what gives the yolk the dark rich color compared to caged chicken eggs. It is also what enhances the flavor. Keep in mind that no matter what color the shell is, it is the diet that determines the taste. Many people think that brown eggs taste better and that white eggs are better for baking. If all of your chickens get the same diet, all of the eggs will taste the same regardless of shell color.

At Farm Gate Texas, we do not feed our chicks genetically modified or medicated grains. This is important, as it is unknown how the use of GMO feeds affects the hens and the eggs, or how it may affect consumers. There is still much debate on whether or not the antibiotics in medicated feed are passed on to the eggs and if meat hens will have it in their bodies when butchered. Because the debates still rage, we choose to use non-medicated feed, and provide our hens as natural a diet as possible.

What extra benefits come from free-range, cage-free eggs? The American Heart Association recommends reducing intake of both saturated fat and cholesterol in order to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Testing conducted by Mother Earth News found that eggs from pasture fed, free-range hens, on average, contained one-third the cholesterol and one-fourth the saturated fat of conventional eggs.

Vitamin A promotes the healthy development of teeth, bones, soft tissue, and tissues in the eyes for good vision; it also acts as an antioxidant and protects cells from damage. The Mother Earth News and SARE studies found that free-range eggs contain 67 percent more vitamin A and 3 times more beta carotene respectively, than conventional eggs.

Free range eggs also have 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids (a form of polyunsaturated fat known as “essential” fatty acids) cannot be manufactured by the body on its own; they must be consumed through foods. Omega-3s are beneficial in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and maintaining a healthy heart. Other potential benefits include a decreased risk of diabetes, stroke, digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, and some types of cancer.

Allowing chickens to freely roam about during the day and being able to come into a safe structure at night, now that is truly free-range, cage-free chickens!

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