Rescue Hens

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Rescue Hens
« on: September 24, 2020, 16:26 »
My Son has rescued 4 Hybrid Chickens and is now looking after them. He tells me as being Vegan he wants to feed some eggs back to the Birds as they will have a hard time constantly laying. Is this a good thing or not, as I understood MAD COW came from feeding cows other cows so as no waste. Is it normal for Birds to eat their own eggs. I do not know if I agree with this practice. Thank You.

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Re: Rescue Hens
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2020, 08:28 »
I have heard people say they feed eggs back - usually boiled first and mashed up, shells and all. This is to avoid the hens getting to like eggs and attacking the ones the owners want to eat.

It is not normal practice and there are regulations to stop animal products being fed to farm animals for good reasons.  These are also applicable to back garden hen keepers.

What is he doing with the rest of the eggs if he is going to feed some back? Just curious as vegans donít eat eggs. If he is very squeamish, best warm him they eat bugs, worms and slugs at every opportunity, so wonít be following his example  ;)  :)

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Re: Rescue Hens
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2020, 16:27 »
I'm not Vegan and like Bacon and Egg, I told him didn't think it was right, he says it's only the odd egg as they have been worked too hard.

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Re: Rescue Hens
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2020, 17:29 »
I'm not Vegan and like Bacon and Egg,

Well that is fair enough Chris  :)

If the hens are getting a decent quality layers pellet, they don't need the eggs. The pellets are designed to support egg laying and general health.  If your son wants to treat them, a small amount of mixed corn will do just as well, if not better.  If he wants them to go completely scatty, he should try a few chopped up grapes.   They will think that is about the best thing ever  :D

Other treats like an apple cut in half or greens to peck at are also good, but mine rate grapes very, very highly.

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Re: Rescue Hens
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2020, 19:41 »
Thank You

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Re: Rescue Hens
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2020, 20:09 »
What do you mean by "rescued"? Egg birds are not changed at this time of year and we have had people breaking into sheds up here.

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Re: Rescue Hens
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2020, 23:46 »
I would be looking  at selling eggs and using the funds for feeding the hens !

The buyers will get good eggs and the hens healthier feed than recycled eggs would supply.

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Re: Rescue Hens
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2020, 19:52 »
What do you mean by "rescued"? Egg birds are not changed at this time of year and we have had people breaking into sheds up here.

Thereís a farm in a nearby village that are advertising to dispose of their birds either this weekend or next at £2.50 each.
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