Originally Posted by dharmamama
So I was talking to my friend the Bunny Man (he has 8 bunnies) about this and he says he buys eggs from his vet, who has two heated henhouses and that he doesn't debeak his hens and he doesn't kill them when they quit laying eggs. He keeps them as pets.
I think he'd be an excellent person to buy eggs from.
But where does he get his hens?
If he buys chicks, how does his supplier produce and raise the hens and chicks? Are the hens de-beaked?
If he buys sexed chicks, then the males were disposed of somehow by his supplier (they're commonly put through a shredder to make fertilizer, which is rather visceral to contemplate but is mostly humane).
If he buys non-sexed chicks, what does he do with the 50% of them that grow up to be roosters?
If he raises his own chicks, what does he do with the boys?
I eat eggs and I've never found a way around the practice of destroying males if I'm going to buy them. It does bother me (in case you couldn't tell...), as well as the veal/beef industry that is funded by the dairy industry, including organic dairy. I still consume dairy and (free-range) eggs, but I won't pretend these issues don't exist.
Where I live, there are oodles of feral chickens, because the climate is right for them, and they are generally happy and healthy. So if I were able to keep chickens (which I'm not), I could steal some eggs from a feral hen's clutch directly into an incubator, raise the chicks, and release the roosters when they were old enough to identify (which I would never, ever, ever do with just any domestically raised animal, whether it was traditionally wild/feral or not, but in these particular conditions, it really would not be a huge risk for them nor an environmental risk). That's the only non-lethal strategy I've come up with so far.
You mention lacking vegetable and fruit nutrients. How about Emergen-C, Calci-Bears
, Veggie-Fruit Bears
? Or the Bolthouse Farms
Green Goodness and carrot juice? We get all of the above at Costco for not a huge amount of money. They're really quite good. Orange juice has also been a big source of fruit nutrients for me.