You might think that since a hen has been rescued from one situation or another, that it's okay to take her eggs and eat them. Modern day hens that populate the intensive egg operation facility to the urban backyard have all been bred over centuries to lay a dangerously high amount of eggs. Hens that used to live for 20 years in the wild, laying fewer than 20 eggs per year, are now living for only a few years and they're laying almost double the amount of eggs in two years than their ancestors laid in their entire lifetime.
Who really needs those eggs? Who really needs those nutrients back? The hens do, and they know it.
There is nothing natural about taking more and more from beings that have been so far removed from their ancestors that they can no longer live normal lives. High egg output from hens and egg consumption by humans is not good for them, and it's not good for us, either.
"It's natural to eat eggs, right?" No, it is not, and here is why:
There are currently 296 million laying hens in the United States
Approximately the same number of male chicks were hatched into the egg production system and killed immediately after hatching
This means nearly 600 million egg type birds will all die within their first two years of life within the egg production system
All chickens descend from wild jungle fowl, which lay up to 20 eggs per year in order to reproduce. This means our ancestors consumed eggs very rarely and it came at a great price to the survival of another species and our own at the time
Modern day hens lay around 250 eggs per year. This is 12.5 times more eggs than is natural for their bodies when compared to their wild ancestors
We would need 3.7billion ancestral hens to produce the amount of eggs that 296 million genetically altered hens produce in order to meet the public demand
Of these modern breeds, nearly 90% that are allowed to live their lives will develop reproductive illnesses that will kill them
We have created a cancer in a way that hurts everyone involved. From the hens of which 90% of those freed from the system develop and die from cancer, to the people that consume the bodies of cancer ridden birds, to the Earth that is swamped in animal feces and waste and polluted water from animal agriculture run off.
We’ve created a monster by these standard practices in animal agriculture:
1. Greed based selective breeding
2. Destroying unprofitable individuals such as male chicks and two-year-old hens
3. Confining manipulated bodies to artificial environments in order to create affordable, unnecessary consumption of eggs
4. Mutilating the faces of female chicks by slicing off their beaks in order to prevent their natural reactions to peck in an unnatural environment
Even if hens are kept in more open environments, such as a neighborhood farmers home or a small hobby farm, these things will happen:
1. All the chicks hatched male will be killed at the hatchery
2. 90% of hens will develop painful reproductive illness and most will go untreated
3. All the parent birds used for breeding suffer cruel de-beaking, confinement and slaughter
4. Many of the hens who do not produce that highly unnatural amount of eggs will be slaughtered or dumped
A key point here is to be aware that no participation in the process of using the bodies of these birds is humane. It cannot be humane. It is impossible for it to be humane on any level, because we've created cancer ridden individuals that have no possible escape from the bodies we have forced them to live in.
The way we can remove ourselves from this cycle of death and illness is to go vegan, and it's so easy to do! Being vegan is good for everyone, and it tastes good too. We have every resource at our fingertips in order to discover the kind way to live. There is no reason to cause harm to these birds. It's completely and totally unnecessary to do what we are doing to them when we make the cruel choices almost all of us were raised to make.
Below are some pictures of what is building up inside hens as their bodies begin to deteriorate. This is egg material that was unable to exit their bodies naturally and had to be removed surgically. Even when a hen is unable to lay an egg that her body has produced, she'll continue to produce another egg right behind any un-laid eggs, regardless. The process is ongoing until proper veterinary intervention is provided. Any hen with reproductive illness must be seen by a qualified veterinarian that is well versed in caring for birds.