Types of Eggs

Consumers now have more choice than ever when purchasing fresh shell eggs. All eggs sold at retail stores in Nova Scotia, and all of Canada, are antibiotic and hormone free. All eggs produced by our registered, licensed egg farmers are required to meet the same world-class Canadian standards for food safety and quality.   All Nova Scotian and Canadian eggs are fresh, nutritious and delicious.

Classic White Eggs: 

These eggs come from white hens that are typically raised in conventional housing systems.  White eggs have the same nutritional value as Classic Brown eggs.

Classic Brown Eggs:

These eggs come from brown hens that are typically raised in conventional housing systems. They have the same nutritional value as Classic White eggs.  (Nova Scotians like their brown eggs; we have one of the highest per capita consumption rates of brown eggs in the country!)

Furnished/Enriched Eggs:

These eggs come from hens that are raised in furnished housing systems.  Furnished housing combines the food safety benefits of conventional housing with additional enrichments such as more space, nest boxes, perches and scratch pads.

Free-Run Eggs: 

These eggs come from hens that are raised in free-run (barn or aviary) housing systems. Free-run systems allow the hens to move freely about the floor of an enclosed barn, while also providing a variety of enrichments such as nesting boxes and perches. 

Free-Range Eggs:

These eggs come from hens that are raised in free-run (barn or aviary) systems, which also provide access to the outdoors, weather permitting. Due to our climate, free range eggs are only seasonally available.

Organic Eggs:

These eggs come from hens that are raised in free range housing systems. The hens are only provided feed that has been certified organic, under the standards of Canadian Organic Products Regulations which means it only contains ingredients that were grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Look for a certified organic symbol on the egg carton.

Omega-3 Enhanced Eggs:

These eggs come from hens that are fed a diet that contains extra flax seed (10-20%) and/or fish oil.  As a result, the eggs laid by these hens contain more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Vegetarian Eggs: these eggs come from hens given feed containing only ingredients of plant origin.

Vitamin-Enhanced Eggs: 

These eggs come from hens that were provided a nutritionally enhanced diet containing higher levels of certain nutrients (e.g., vitamin E, folate and vitamin B12). As a result, eggs from these hens contain higher levels of these nutrients.

Processed Eggs:

These eggs are shell eggs broken by special machines then pasteurized before being further processed and packaged in liquid, frozen or dried form. They often contain added ingredients and this process allows for special formulations (i.e. egg whites only)