Is an Egg a Chickens Abortion?

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 7th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ekyljm7/
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Some people will tell you that chicken eggs are a chicken's abortions, or they are a chickens “period”. They might also tell you that eggs are chicken fetuses. This is to try to scare you off eating eggs. None of these things are true, read why.

A few Facts on Eggs

Let's look at a few eggs. The difference in color of shells really only indicates different breeds of birds that laid them, the color does not indicate any health value of the egg, nor does it indicate if the hen was a “free range” bird or battery bird.

Brown hens usually lay brown eggs, white hens usually lay white eggs, there are a few breeds of chicken that lay green, or blue, eggs.

Consumers seem to want white eggs, so this is what the industry caters too. I am happier with free range eggs and the color of the shell does not matter.

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Roosters are Not Required to Get Eggs

My own hens are free range in the day, and penned up at night for their own safety from predators. We fed them a proper laying ration and usually get one egg per bird every day (excluding winter when most hens slow down or stop laying). The hens also roam around eating grass, weeds, and bugs.

Battery hens are the ones kept in small cages and they lay their eggs which are whisked immediately. Usually 2-4 hens are kept per battery cage. Battery hen barns are generally considered cruel mass egg production.

Other producers have a mix - the hens are kept indoors, but given a bit more space per bird.

This article is not debating free range vs battery hens, but you will note, that in no situation is a rooster involved.

No Rooster Means No "Babies"

Generally no roosters are used in the production of eggs for eating. Hens lay eggs no matter what. Their bodies naturally produce them, the egg gets too big and must come out. So if there is no rooster, the egg is not fertile, so cannot be considered an “abortion”. Even if it was fertile, this is the natural process of chicken reproduction, so equally could not be considered an “abortion”.

Some people resort to referring to chicken eggs as their “period”, another laughable proposal. Chickens, and birds in general, don't get periods. A human females period is part of her monthly cycle. In a woman her uterus builds up a “wall” in case she becomes pregnant, this wall is what is shed during her period, which occurs usually two weeks after she is fertile, an egg is definately NOT the same thing.

When an egg is not fertile, an egg is also not a "fetus". Even if an rooster was used, the eggs are collected right away, long before any real growth takes place - which would require a hen to sit on the egg and incubate it.

Fear Tactics

Most of these tactics, calling eggs a hens abortion, period, or fetus, are used by people to discourage others from eating eggs, as part of a twisted animal rights agenda. I say twisted because they are using lies.

I support free range hens, and keepers of real free range birds (let us not get into what free range can mean, what it does mean, and what it should mean, you all know what I am talking about). I do not support people who spread misinformation to turn people off of something.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Carol
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks for this Mark. I always buy free range eggs because once I saw on TV the way hens were crammed together in a barn with no room to move hardly. It was heartbreaking.

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author avatar Dafeenah
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Very informative. I never really thought about what the "egg" was. We had chickens on our farm when I was little so it was just another part of the farm to me. Thanks for sharing this.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Mark, I'm usually with you 100 percent on whatever you write but in this case I think "Abortion" is a little strong and overboard.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Mar 2011 (#)

no Jerry - if you read I am saying it is NOT a hens abortion.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Mar 2011 (#)

You're right mark and I do apologize. My old eyes played tricks on me. You have my permission to give me 100 lashes with a soggy spaghetti noodle.

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author avatar Songbird B
7th Mar 2011 (#)

I usually buy Free range as well, Mark. Informative work, and congrats on Star Page, well deserved.

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author avatar christopheranton
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Oddly enough, where I live you can only get brown eggs, because that is what the british
consumer prefers. I would love to get some old fashioned
white eggs, like we had when I was growing up.

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author avatar Greenfaol
8th Mar 2011 (#)

I agree with this article 100%. I remember a vegan friend trying to use this tactic on me, not realising I grew up with farm animals.
Free range hens are well treated and are simply ovulating, as a human female does once a month.
As you say, we are not eating aborted eggs, we are eating unfertilised eggs, hugely different.
Extremely well said xx

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
8th Mar 2011 (#)

This is an excellent research paper.

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author avatar Retired
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Christopher, Your comment made me smile. Here brown eggs are considered old-fashioned.

Free-range eggs taste a heck of a lot better too!

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author avatar Denise O
8th Mar 2011 (#)

I love the taste of free ranged eggs more so but, I mostly use the old fashion regular white ones. Cost is the main reason why. My dogs eats most the eggs I buy. Nice article Mark, I have to admit when you first started I was like, oh geesh, here I go again. I will get some one mad at me with what I am about to say and then you surprised me. I hear ya, I know we're not eating little chicks. Nice writing, great little 'catch' and you know I just love the pictures. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
8th Mar 2011 (#)

oops dog*
I no longer have dog's'.:(

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author avatar Shaun Jarmen
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Excellent research paper.
Great work Mark!

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author avatar Artur Victoria
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Hi Mark

Just ... Great!

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author avatar James R. Coffey
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Hummm . . . that's all I can say.

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author avatar sapphirelaws
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Informative and interesting! Thanks for sharing this

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author avatar Aileen Tecson
24th Mar 2011 (#)

Now I know I'd been asking myself too with same question and you summed it up well! ;-)

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
11th Aug 2011 (#)

No fertilized egg= nothing to abort.... makes sense.... but to some it probably does not. Vegans may have quite different feelings about this one!

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author avatar Vernazoa
11th Sep 2011 (#)

Mark you are an intelligent man!
I love your work. I am now your follower

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author avatar Vernazoa
11th Sep 2011 (#)

My sister told me the rooster coop with only roosters there, would have sex with each other.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Your article is exactly correct, I was a part-time chicken farmer for a few years in the 90.s. Great share thank you mark.

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