Thank you!! I’m primarily vegetarian. Although my chickens are first and foremost my feathered bundles of joy, I do use/eat the eggs that my chickens lay because:
1) Eggs happen anyway; unlike with cows and milk production, chickens do not have to be bred to lay eggs - healthy hens of egg-laying age will pop out an egg once every day or two with or without a rooster. And fresh, ethically-sourced eggs are just awesome to have (and share) and are wayyyyyyy less likely to carry bacteria or other nasties.
2) I wouldn’t know what to do with a half-dozen eggs every day if I didn’t use them somehow (SO MANY EGGS, WAT DO). I’d love to know what vegan chicken-owners do about them, though. Tell me your secrets!
Annnd 3). Getting eggs from my own pet chickens is like a big F-U to the egg industry - I don’t buy their eggs, yet I still have all the eggs I could ever want. I’m having my cake and eating it too (literally). I imagine the egg industry being like, “GOOD LUCK BEING WITHOUT EGGS 5EVER” and I’m over here all, “lol why can’t I hold all these ethical eggs from happy hens.”
I should add that all my chickens are entitled to living out the entirety of their natural lives (I mean, duh, I couldn’t imagine it any other way). I truly don’t care whether or not they lay eggs - just as long as I get my hugs in and they’re happy and healthy.
There is this amazing chicken loving community on tumblr and I’ve often wondered about their stance on industrial farming. I love this response. We need more people who raise and know chickens as fantastic animals with big personalities who can tell the rest of the world that the way they’re treated in industrial situations is just not okay.