okay um this is alarming. If I left the eggs to pile up, they would rot and get stepped on, or get stepped on and then rot. I know this, because it has happened to us. I feed them their own hard boiled or scrambled eggs sometimes, but they don’t even really like it. (Not as much as pasta and radishes and grass and bugs…)
They are precious animals that I live with and protect and care for with everything I have. I have hand-fed and watered a paralyzed chicken every half hour for four days, and would have done so longer had she needed it. She still runs to me for cuddles and jumps into my lap, and when we first reintroduced her after her illness, she flew to my shoulder and nuzzled into my ponytail and cried and squawked when I left her view the first few times. As someone who has experienced and returned the love of a chicken, I can assure you that my feathery sweetheart doesn’t feel exploited or “discriminated” against based on her species.
Also, what is the proposed plan for people who only have hens? The eggs aren’t viable, and they’ll just be trompled if their hens are anything like mine. (Hand-raised and spoiled senseless)
Also, should I let them accumulate and go sour in the hen house? Would those be humane conditions? Tell me, what is the “humane” period of time to wait after they lay it to remove it? Is there a handbook? Should I call a psychic or a chicken whisperer? Are there forms in triplicate? Honestly…
Should I let them hatch their eggs (once they are mature enough to hatch chicks, which they are not at the moment, because their eggs are too small), at least half of which will be male and LITERALLY impossible to find homes for in my area? I assure you, I have tried to find a home for a rescued, sweet and docile rooster more than once, and it just doesn’t work. I have two, and that’s more than I should even have with respect to the size of my flock.
Where I live, people don’t want roosters for anything but food, and I am not going to hoard chickens and allow them to reproduce unchecked. I have room for 14 chickens to roam happily and healthily. Having any more without exponentially expanding their range and coop after every clutch would be irresponsible, and 30 is the legal limit here anyway.
Truly free-range eggs are lower in cholesterol and are healthier in general than the crap you get at the grocery store. It is wasteful of their efforts to let them go bad, and it is probably a cushy, privileged lifestyle isolated from the knowledge of human suffering and starvation that drives your argument. Eating eggs is sure as hell more sustainable than eating chickens, or buying more JUNK at the grocery store which requires fossil fuels to ship and grow. FY-freaking-I.
They are sweet, emotional, curious animals that live pleasant lives filled with grass and yummy beetles. I would never eat them or cull them, and they come to me for snuggles, protection, and healthy food. They receive veterinary care as needed like any other pet, and my family has no issues with helping out a permanently disabled chicken.
We are not exploiting them. It is a slippery and illogical path of reasoning you’ve chosen. Hopefully you’ll grow up eventually and come to terms with the reality of the situation, which is there is no way on hell and earth that my backyard flock would benefit from the disuse of their eggs.
Can vegans even live with pets? I don’t see how it is possible to reconcile this bizarre perspective with adopting a cat. And how is it somehow MORE conscionable to not adopt an animal that is suffering? Cats can’t be vegan. How does that work?
I don’t see them as food dispensers any more than I do the cats I live with. I see a vending machine as a food dispenser. I see my chickens as friends. There’s nothing I’ve done to contradict that…