Freshest eggs on the plate come from chickens in the yard

Eddie Garcia
August 18, 2016 06:25 PM

Some of the tastiest eggs start with soft classical music here at the El Pinto Chicken Farm in Albuquerque’s North Valley.


“We find out they like classical music and so we have some Beethoven playing back there,” said El Pinto co-owner Jim Thomas.

Some might find it crazy, but Thomas said there’s a good reason for it.

“It relaxes them when they're nesting and they have more eggs that way,” Thomas said.

In fact, Thomas said you won’t find a restaurant chicken farm like this anywhere in the country.

"We have about 160 chickens here right now,” said Thomas.

El Pinto recently earned a prestigious animal welfare approved certificate for their treatment of the chickens. There are no cages or hormones, just good organic feed a plenty of space to play.

“They love watermelon,” Thomas said.

The chickens voluntarily roost to lay their eggs. It’s from that location that workers grab the eggs and take them directly to the kitchen.

“Here are some fresh eggs from El Pinto Farms, please make me a red enchilada,” said Thomas, speaking to acclaimed and award winning executive chef Marc Quinones.

Quinones said diners can expect the freshest eggs around.

“They go straight from the Hen Hotel right into the kitchen, right into the pan, right onto your plate,” Quinones said.

It all starts here at the happiest Hen Hotel in the country.

“They’ve got to be very happy and they are very happy,” Thomas said.


Eddie Garcia

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