If you live in suburban america, you probably know someone who raises chickens in their backyard or who gets their eggs from someone who does. If you’re against eating these eggs, you may have people bothering you about how these chickens are treated so nicely and shouldn’t you just eat their eggs? Why aren’t those eggs ok? Well, there are a lot of reasons why backyard flocks are still cruel and shouldn’t be considered vegan
Most chickens come from industrial hatcheries, many of which are the same ones that provide chickens to large-scale farming operations. Undercover investigations have documented widespread abuse and cruelty. Conditions are dirty and cramped, sick chickens are left to die, and since male chicks serve no purpose, they are ground up, gassed, suffocated or shipped as packing material to cushion and warm the baby hens, most of whom die during transport.
Domestic chickens spread disease. In 2011, there was multistate, multi-strained salmonella outbreak, which sickened more than 70 people, half of which were under 5. In 2012, there was an outbreak among 195 people across 27 states. These have all been caused by the growing trend of backyard coops.
Chickens are often abandoned when egg production slows down, care becomes too burdensome, or it turns out you accidentally got a rooster. Hundreds of chickens are dumped at shelters every year, most of them end up being euthanized when the shelter can no longer care for them.
Egg-laying is stressful to chickens. Chickens do not naturally lay an egg everyday. Normally, chickens only lay eggs during breeding season and if they’re not fertilized, they don’t lay any more. In chicken coops, the eggs are regularly removed, so chickens instinctively continue to lay to try and fill their brood. Sometimes conditions are even altered to trick the chicken into laying year-round. Each egg layed requires a lot of calcium and nutrients and puts strain on egg-laying organs. This can cause chickens to suffer diseases, prolapses, or even death, if conditions persist.
Hens are killed when egg production slows. Most people do not want to pay tons of money to continue caring for and feeding chickens who are no longer producing eggs (since the only reason they got the chickens was for the eggs anyway). Standard practice is to eat the chickens after 2 years, though some people who can’t stand to kill them, just abandon them in shelters.
Chickens are intelligent creatures and they do not deserve to live their lives serving humans as egg-laying machines. If you’re interested in helping chickens, you can adopt abandoned chickens from shelters and farm sanctuaries that need relief, but if they’re still producing eggs, they’re better wasted than eaten.
I don’t normally disagree with people on here, but what a jaded, generalization.
I have 7 lovely birds which live in the lap of luxury. They free range on 3 acres by day and have a beautiful cozy coop for night. They are beautiful birds which did not come from industrial breeders. Almost all of my blog friends across the country DO NOT use lamps to keep their hens producing.
As for eating the eggs, yes we do, and then use the shells for compost or gardening.
I highly suggest you read some of the backyard chicken web sites. These people LOVE their birds and treat them like royalty.