Eggs

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What's special about Waitrose eggs?

  1. All of the fresh hens' eggs we sell are free range - we were the first supermarket to do this and we've been doing it for years.
  2. All of our hen's eggs are collected and inspected by hand.
  3. All of our hen’s eggs are laid on the British mainland, mostly in England and some in Scotland and Wales.
  4. Our eggs are laid on farms we know and and trust.
  5. All our hens are housed in much smaller flock sizes than the UK standard. 

In line with other responsible retailers, when our free-range hens come to the end of their lives, their meat goes into the food supply chain, as has been the case for many years. Under our strict animal health policy, our farmers do not offer birds for re-homing as it is vital that the industry as a whole maintains the traceability of flocks at all times.

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Watch Heston prepare the perfect scrambled eggs. For more recipes and inspiration go to Waitrose TV.

Why include eggs eggs in your diet?

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy. They contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals including, vitamins A, D,  B2 and B12 and the mineral phosphorus. At 70 calories per egg they are a great source of protein which is essential for growth, maintenance and development. Previous limits on weekly egg consumption have recently been lifted making eggs a tasty, healthy fast food all the family can enjoy.  

Watch Delia show you how to make perfect eggs on Waitrose TV

British Blacktail free range eggs

British Blacktail eggs are laid by the British Blacktail hen, a breed that has been exclusively developed by Waitrose in collaboration with our fresh egg supplier. She is a robust and hardy bird perfect for free range egg production and is renowned for laying delicious, fresh and superior tasting eggs with golden yolks.

The hens are free to roam from dawn to dusk, with access to food, drink and shelter whenever they want them. At night, they're housed safely in purpose-built henhouses, often powered by wind and solar energy. Their eggs are laid in quiet, comfortable nestboxes, and every egg is hand collected and inspected every day by our farmers.

Supplied exclusively to Waitrose.

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Duchy Originals from Waitrose British Blacktail eggs organic free range

Our Duchy organic eggs are also laid by the British Blacktail hen, the Waitrose exclusive breed, but are reared and produced to Soil Association standards. Waitrose is the only major retailer that has risen to and met the challenge of producing eggs in this way. Attention to detail is essential. To produce eggs that adhere to Soil Association standards is difficult and is why few others do it. However, we believe it just means that our farmers have to be the best to do the job well. And they are.

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Waitrose essential eggs

All Waitrose essential eggs, are 100% British and free range, laid by hens that enjoy a cereal based diet and have plenty of space to roam and forage on open pastures. Eggs are collected daily by carefully selected British farmers, who work with us to deliver the highest animal welfare standards, protect the environment and promote sustainable farming. 

Intelligent eating eggs

Eggs are naturally rich in a wealth of different vitamins and minerals and are one of the best sources of high quality protein. These free-range eggs are naturally enriched with Omega 3, providing a simple way to increase Omega 3 levels in your diet.

For more information on Omega-3 click here

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Clarence Court eggs

Clarence Court free range eggs are known for their excellent flavour and quality, as well as the care and attention given by the poulterers to the health and welfare of their hens. Free to range and forage on green pasture from dawn to dusk, they lead a natural and happy life.

The birds enjoy the finest cereal based diet with a generous helping of sun drenched maize, the privacy of warm secluded nest boxes, dust baths, trees and shrubs for cover - in fact everything that every healthy hen requires.

With an extensive egg range to explore and plenty of recipes, visit www.clarencecourt.co.uk to find out more  

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What does the lion symbol on eggs mean?

The Lion mark is a guarantee that the eggs are laid by British hens vaccinated against salmonella. You’ll find it on all our eggs, and the boxes. More information at www.egginfo.co.uk and hundreds of recipe ideas at www.eggrecipes.co.uk  

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In line with other responsible retailers, when our free-range hens come to the end of their lives, their meat goes into the food supply chain, as has been the case for many years. Under our strict animal health policy, our farmers do not offer birds for re-homing as it is vital that the industry as a whole maintains the traceability of flocks at all times.