An Overview Of Vegan Backyard Chickens
By Tom Seest
For some people, caring for chickens is their top priority. After all, chickens are a primary source of human sustenance. But how does this relate to veganism? There are many nuances to urban barnyards, and some of them may conflict with veganism, and others may actually complement it.
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If you’re a vegan, you may wonder if eggs from your backyard chickens are ethical. Some vegans argue that eating eggs from backyard chickens is ethical because they were not treated cruelly or forced to lay eggs. However, most people think that wasting food that doesn’t get eaten is not ethical. Therefore, it’s important to understand what constitutes an ethical egg and how to determine the ethical status of your chickens.
Most vegans avoid eating eggs because eggs are an animal byproduct. According to the World Economic Forum, 50 billion chickens are killed each year. Most of those eggs come from farmed chickens, which are usually kept in terribly poor conditions until they’re egg-laying age. Then, when their egg-laying is slowing down, they are often killed for their eggs.
Secondly, you’ll be avoiding harmful factory farming practices. Industrial farms are notorious for their cruelty to chickens. In these facilities, these animals are crammed in tiny cages and sent to slaughter once their egg production has slowed. In addition, male chicks are often killed within 24 hours of birth. Oftentimes, they’re even thrown into a giant macerator, suffocated, and tossed into trash bags. Backyard chicken flocks are not as bad, but they’re not completely free from unnecessary cruelty.
Ethically eating eggs from vegan backyard chickens is an ethical choice. It’s important to remember that most eggs on supermarket shelves come from factory farms and contain harmful bacteria. Therefore, you may want to consider neighboring farms for your eggs.
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Many people don’t know that the eggs laid by backyard chickens are the product of mass infanticide. Not only are they fertilized eggs, but they are also the products of confinement and rape. Not only are chickens killed at an early age, but also their male infants and “spent” breeding parents are killed. This is a form of infanticide, and it’s unacceptable. A vegan approach to backyard chickens would end this practice.
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Inbreeding is a problem with modern chickens, which have been bred to lay hundreds of eggs per year. Modern breeding has resulted in chickens with many undesirable traits that don’t actually benefit the animal. This has led to an enormous amount of infertile eggs. Inbreeding has also resulted in the chickens developing poor health and suffering from chronic gauntness.
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While you may not be a vegan, you can raise your own chickens in your backyard as long as you know the rules of the free-range lifestyle. As long as you treat the animals with respect and do not harm them, you can get their eggs without worrying about animal cruelty. Some companies even claim that their hens live happy lives. That said, there are a number of ethical questions to consider.
Free-range chickens are free from hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs, and they’re not caged. But despite this, many egg-laying hens are kept in battery cages, which are filthy and increase the risk of bacterial infections. Many of these hens also receive antibiotics as a preventative measure.
In free-range farming, the chickens are given plenty of access to the outdoors, although the amount of time is unregulated. Most free-range chickens don’t venture outside since their outdoor space is usually a small porch or coop. The outdoor area doesn’t include grass, bushes, or worms, which are essential for a healthy diet. However, there are a number of advantages to pasture-raised chickens.
While free-range hens are a great way to get eggs for vegans, you need to be aware of the limitations of free-range hens. Commercially labeled free-range hens are not necessarily free-range. Free-range hens are supposed to spend a part of the day outside and go back to their indoor coop at the end of their yard time. This means that their diets are very similar to battery farm hens.
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If you are considering starting a vegan backyard chicken farm, there is no minimum time you should spend caring for your chickens. While organic certification does require an annual inspection of your coop, there is no minimum time each day that you must devote to your flock. Organic certification also requires that you have outdoor access for your chickens, though there are no specific door size requirements or time limits. Organic certification also does not require antibiotics and does not require you to undergo a verification process.
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Backyard chickens are symbiotic creatures, a relationship that benefits both parties. We provide the chickens with food, shelter, and water, and in return, they provide us with eggs. However, most backyard chickens come from hatcheries and are subject to the same cruel practices as factory farm chickens.
In factory farms, chickens are crowded into tiny wire cages and are sent to slaughter after a year. Often, male chicks are killed just 24 hours after birth. They are then put into a giant macerator to die or are suffocated alive in a trash bag. It’s hard to imagine how such animals would fare with such a poor quality of life.
Although it’s possible for vegans to consume eggs from backyard chickens, the chickens should be well-cared for and given a natural environment. Otherwise, their eggs would rot. In addition, if the hen were not well cared for, it would not lay an egg. As a result, we would be throwing away food that would otherwise have gone to waste. Ultimately, vegans should choose ethically raised chickens and avoid factory farms.
Many vegans prefer to raise animals that are free-range. Industrial laying chickens are bred to produce eggs at high levels, and they’re not as healthy as free-range birds. Heritage breed chickens, on the other hand, lay eggs more frequently and require less human intervention.
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