Monday, June 17, 2013

Chickens are not vegetarians

Before I knew better, I was all into the idea of vegetarian chickens. The good eggs at the store all came in cartons that emphasized their vegetarianism (along with other desirable features, like cage-free, organic and free-range), and I just assumed this was a good thing. Little did I know that this is not a good thing at all. Chicken are not vegetarians. They are omnivores, and they love (and need) to eat bugs and worms.

I'm not sure how or why the practice of feeding chickens a vegetarian diet got started, but it seems so widespread. I actually have a really difficult time finding non-vegetarian eggs at the store. Though I do not personally agree that vegetarian or vegan diets are healthy for humans, I respect your right to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet if you so choose. However, I cannot get behind the idea of humans imposing vegetarian diets on innocent/helpless chickens (or other omnivorous or carnivorous animals). So sad.

If you are currently eating vegetarian eggs, you are missing out on all kinds of nutrients! A chicken that doesn't receive proper nutrition cannot possibly produce eggs that provide us with proper nutrition. So, I urge everyone to look for eggs from properly-fed chickens. For most of us, this means getting them directly from a farm (this is what I do -- we get six dozen per week!) or raising your own. It might require a little more effort than just tossing a carton or two into your grocery cart, but it is so worth it!


4 comments:

  1. I'm really glad to find someone else that eats a whole lot of eggs. We get about 5 dozen a week from our local farmer.

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    1. I think the person who brings our eggs over must wonder how a small family of three can go through so many eggs each week. :-)

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  2. I think the idea for vegetarian chickens came about because some were being fed meat by-products as a part of their diet. I don't know of anyone who is concerned about eggs from chickens that supplement the bagged grain with bugs and worms, but the introduction of the leavings of meat processing does seem distasteful.

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