Eggs…..The forgotten inclusion
It’s probably the one thing that people don’t give a second thought to especially those that perhaps have a go at rolling a bit of bait at home. A bit more thought and it will make a difference in the overall nutritional value of your finished baits. We shall start at the beginning with this and hopefully somewhere toward the end you should have a good idea as to why we should think a bit more about one of the most important inclusions in our boilies.
So we all know that chickens lay the eggs but have you ever wondered why some yolks are yellower than others or why shells are a different colour? Did you know that the colour of the eggs yolk can signify what kind of diet said chicken has been fed on? This can make a standard egg a good egg and a good egg quite a remarkable egg in both taste and smell (to us) but would that make much difference to fish via boilies. Well if you think about nutritional baits and feeds like I do then the better the eggs the better the overall finished bait.
Chickens that are fed on a true free range natural food diet will-the majority of the time-lay eggs that have almost deep dark orange (almost red) yolks. This is usually the obvious signs that they have been feeding on natural green content which contains high levels of beta carotenes. These are a group of natural chemicals that are contained within many plants and grasses but not only that they are also what you would find in many fruits and vegetables such as melon, oranges, bananas and carrots etc. In fact almost anything that has a vibrant colourful skin as it’s this that creates it the first place. The carotenoids or carotene once ingested goes on to form a very good source of vitamin A which we as humans obviously find hugely beneficial. This vitamin is actually a very good one even for us as it contains essentials for growth, the immune system, reproduction and lastly vision. If you crack open an egg that has a dull yellow yolk then it’s an obvious sign that the chicken has been fed on a poor diet containing a lot less of these good food substances. It’s not the be all and end all of boilie making and many bait manufacturers choose to use a standard egg of decent quality simply because of cost. Let’s not forget also that true free range for mass marketing is almost impossible as to get chickens to lay eggs all year round they have to be farmed in such a way that there body clocks are altered in order for them to keep laying. The reason for this is that chickens will lay eggs depending on day length and as we march on into the winter with shorter days many hens will stop producing if you keep them naturally free range. Farms however will keep them under light conditions internally making it look as though the days are the same length all year thus providing perfect laying conditions. The colour pigments in eggs play no nutritional part whatsoever and have a change of colour from white to brown which is simply down to the colour of the hen, brown for brown and white or white. If you notice an egg to have a slightly softer shell than another, this can generally be down to a calcium deficiency and I have had eggs from my own hens that have come out with no shells at all just a sack of yolk and white protein.
So whether you choose to use high end eggs or not the obvious differences are there for all to see, sometimes you just need to step back and think about it.