Exquisitely simple, yet enormously complex, the egg is one of nature’s marvels. This nutrient dense food contains every major vitamin except vitamin C and is an inexpensive source of high quality protein. On average a person consumes five eggs a week. A hen produces just over five eggs a week. So somewhere on one of our farms there is a hen producing the eggs you eat. In Colorado there are approximately 4,250,000 hens in egg production. Click here to find out where you can buy Colorado eggs.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, CEP members are donating close to 100,000 eggs, or 100,000 servings of food, to Feeding Colorado food banks. As part of the Good Egg Project, an American Egg Board initiative that aims to fight hunger in the U.S., CEP has donated almost one million eggs to Coloradans in need this year.
Wake up with eggs and Kevin Bacon!
American Egg Board's latest egg-spert shares the benefits of starting your day with eggs and Bacon. Watch the web series here.
Economics & Rankings
In Colorado commodities, egg production ranks 9th. In 2012, Colorado hens were very productive producing 291 eggs per hen for a total of nearly 1.3 billion eggs. Total gross income from egg production was $96.2 million. In 2012 the farmer producing eggs received .89 cents per dozen. In terms of egg producing states, Colorado ranks as 23rd in the nation.
Colorado egg farmers support more than 250 farm families. Egg producers purchase over 4,400,000 bushels of corn each year to feed their hens. Eggs from Colorado are distributed to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Nevada and California. In Colorado, 94 percent of the hens are housed in modern caged systems and 6 percent are raised in caged free barns. These numbers reflect the consumer demand for specialty eggs. One-third of the egg producers in Colorado raise some cage free and specialty egg products.