Have some questions about how eggs get from our farm to your fork? Read over these commonly asked questions to learn more!



Where is Rose Acre Farms located?

Rose Acre Farms owns and operates 17 different layer farms located in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa and Arizona. The Rose Acre Farms Corporate Office is located in Seymour, Indiana.


What products does Rose Acre Farms produce?

Rose Acre Farms is a leading producer in a range of commodity shell eggs, specialty eggs and egg products such as liquid egg, dried egg and egg protein powder.


Are you hiring?

Yes! We have positions available at many of our farms. Visit our Careers site in English or En Espanol to learn more.


What do feed your chickens?

Rose Acre Farms sources their feed from grains grown in the United States. A small amount of nutritional vitamin premix (similar to a vitamin taken by humans) is added to help with the digestion of grains. Rose Acre Farms maintains a rigorous feed ingredient quality control system to ensure that our hens only receive the correct feed for their needs.


What is the difference between white and brown eggs?

The color of an egg’s shell has nothing to do with nutritional difference, and everything to do with the type of the bird laying the egg. Hens that have white earlobes lay white eggs and hens with red earlobes lay brown eggs. The nutritional properties between the two eggs are identical.


What do the numbers on the egg carton mean?

Egg cartons feature a series of numbers on the side that include codes for Sell By dates, Julian Dates and Plant Numbers. Sell By dates allow retailers to know the maximum amount of time that eggs can sit on store shelves. The Julian Date is displayed by a three digit number. This number is the day of the year in which the eggs were washed, graded and packed. January 1st would have the Julian Date 001 and December 31st would have the Julian Date 365. Plant Numbers identify the facility where the eggs are packed. It is formatted starting with P and a three to five digit number. Click HERE for more information on egg carton numbers.


What determines sizes of eggs?

Eggs can be categorized as jumbo, extra large, large, medium, small and peewee. Sizes are determined by ounces per dozen. Jumbo eggs are 30 oz./dozen, Extra large are 27 oz./dozen, Large are 24 oz./dozen, Medium are 21 oz./dozen, Small are 18 oz./dozen, and Peewee are 15 oz./dozen. 


Are Hens given any hormones or antibiotics?

Hens are never given any added hormones as it is forbidden by federal regulations. All poultry and poultry products produced in the United States are free from any added hormones. Hens are only given antibiotics under the direction of a consulting veterinarian when a flock’s health deems necessary, which is rare.


How long does it take for eggs to get from the farm to the grocery store?

Eggs are shipped in refrigerated trucks to grocery stores within a week of being washed, graded and packaged.


What do I do If I find a cracked egg in my carton?

It is generally a good idea to check your eggs before you purchase them to ensure there are no cracks in any of the egg shells. However, if an egg cracks on the way home from the store, crack the egg into a container, cover the container and store it in the refrigerator. This particular egg should be cooked and eaten within two days.


Are eggs with two yolks safe to eat?

An egg with a double yolk is the result of a hen releasing two yolks into the same shell. It is typically caused by a younger laying hen who’s reproductive systems have not fully matured. Eggs with double yolks can also come from older laying hens who are near the end of their egg laying portion of their lifespan. Eggs with double yolks are perfectly safe to egg and are even considered to be good luck!


Are eggs considered healthy?

Absolutely! Eggs may have once been considered ‘unhealthy’ because of cholesterol counts, but according to one study, it has been determined that the cholesterol in eggs does not contribute to the increase of blood cholesterol. Eggs are also rich in vitamins and nutrients such as protein, cholein, vitamin D, vitamin A and only have 5 grams of fat and 77 calories!

Question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Answer: According to the Bible, the chicken came first. Genesis 1:19-20 says, “And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.’”

Works Cited

“FAQs.” Incredible Egg, https://www.incredibleegg.org/cooking-school/faq/.

“Understanding Dates on Egg Cartons.” Egg Safety Center, 2 Aug. 2016, https://eggsafety.org/understanding-dates-egg-cartons/.

“Eggs 101 Archives.” Egg Safety Center, https://eggsafety.org/category/eggs-101/.

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