Wells (2021) tells us that Americans eat over 200 million eggs per day. He goes on to say the following:
Did you know that hens are genetically manipulated to lay far more eggs each year than they normally might? Instead of laying a dozen (naturally in the wild), they’re laying 250 to 300 eggs per year at the abuse-and-slaughter chicken-coop factories.
Additionally, the conditions he is reporting are horrendous:
Nifty little slogans for selling eggs are used to lure health-minded consumers into a trap. Egg-laying hens mostly live in prison-like conditions, where they’re trapped in coops, cages and factory sheds and barns that are overcrowded, with feces under their feet all day. They may see the sunlight or roam outside for a few minutes, then it’s back to jail, to over-produce eggs in disgusting environments.
The physiological stress these hens must endure is far from humane, and the egg laying process itself can take more than 24 hours. Talk about stress. These poor animals often suffer from beak and bone deformity, osteoporosis, nutrient deficiencies, fatty liver disease and of course, ovarian cancer. They also suffer from syndromes and conditions like “cage layer fatigue” (where they are too weak to even stand up) as shown in the embedded video.
Once a hen’s egg production slows considerably, after about one year of this abuse, it’s standard industry practice to “force molt” or shock them into producing more eggs. After six months of that, they’re slaughtered (where naturally they would live the lifespan of a cat or dog, about 10 years).
On our farm we have adopted a saying from Plum Creek Farms which supplies our chicken meat which is “Happy Chicken, Healthy Chicken.” We treat all of our animals humanely, and we buy from farmers who do the same. This is the advantage of buying from a small to medium sized farmer instead of the commercial products. I will post a video of our chickens and their surroundings as we pick the eggs. You can see right where they come from!
Sources for this blog article include:
The good, the bad and the ugly about factory farm eggs, including egg whites
Saturday, December 18, 2021 by: S.D. Wells
Tags: Animal abuse, animal cruelty, chicken farms, chickens, egg allergies, egg benefits, egg downsides, egg protein, egg whites, eggs, Factory farms, grocery, ingredients, inhumane