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From: Sandy Laurie (0-1pool160-79.nas109.chicago3.il.us.da.qwest.net -65.141.160.79)
Subject: Well, right or wrong is a question only you can answer for yourself
Date: May 16, 2006 at 5:07 am PST

In Reply to: Pet Chickens and the Egg Dilemma posted by Mandy on May 12, 2006 at 7:55 pm:

No animal is harmed by eating them (other than your own health), so the ethical questions are yours to answer.

Most animal rescue places boil the eggs and chop them back into the chicken feed, shell and all. Chickens will naturally eat eggs they find and this way, it's safer for them. The calcium in the eggshells is critical for hens. If you're not feeding them a calcium-fortified feed, they really, really need to get it from somewhere. Hens with a calcium deficiency can end up forming soft shell eggs or fragile shells, either of which can be extremely painful and often fatal.

If your hens are broody and want to hatch their eggs, you'll need to make a decision about that. Unfortunately, hens have absolutely no idea which eggs are fertile. In fact broody hen will sit on anything that looks even vaguely like an egg. I know of one hen who tried for the better part of a summer to hatch the end of a plastic soda bottle. What we usually do here is let them sit on the eggs for a few days - most hens lose interest after that.



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