There are a lot of chicken myths out there. But are they all true? let's look at some common and not so common
myths and see which are true and which are false.
False: The shell color has nothing to do with the nutritional quality of the egg. Since colored eggs are rarely fond in
- Blue and green eggs are more nutritious then brown or white eggs.
stores, it is generally assumed that, since they usually come from small flocks, the eggs are better then the regular
brown or white eggs that come from the sure market. This is true, but it has nothing to do with shell color.
False: There is no shore way to tell if an egg is fertile or not. You will not be able to tell a difference in taste,
- Fertile eggs are more nutritious then non fertile eggs.
texture or smell.There are no nutritional benefits to fertile eggs. This myth was started for similar reason as
the colored eggs myth, since fertile eggs would rarely be fond in a store.
True: Homegrown eggs have 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, and 7 times more beta carotene.
- Eggs from backyard chickens are healthier.
Not to mention they taste so much better.
False: Hens will lay just fine with out a rooster. The eggs just will not be fertile, so no chicks.
- Hens must have a rooster in order to lay eggs.
False: It actually takes a hen roughly 26 hours, depending on the hen to develop an egg.
- Hens will lay an egg a day.
They will lay later and later every day then skip, and start the cycle over again.
False: Chickens are omnivores. In a natural environment, they will eat anything from bugs to steaks left unattended.
- Chickens are vegetarians.
Despite this, many chickens are still fed a vegetarian diet.
False: Chickens will dust bathe all year around, but things such as weather and environment
- Chickens only dust bathe in the summer.
often keep them from doing so.
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False: Healthy chickens smell no more then the average dog or cat. A poorly cleaned coop can smell
- Chickens smell.
from the ammonia build up, but a healthy flock and coop should not smell.
False: Bigger is not always better. like shell color, size does not have anything to do with quality.
- Bigger eggs are better.
True and False: This myth is only true in some breeds. for example, most breeds that have white ear
- Chickens that have white ear lobes lay white eggs, and those with red ear lobes lay brown eggs.
lobes, such as leghorns, Andalusian, etc, do lay white eggs, but then you have the Penedesenca,
which lays dark brown eggs. It varies breed to breed.
False: Hybrid only means a cross between two breeds that Will not breed true. It does not mean genetically modified!
- Hybrid breeds and broilers are genetically modified, and should not be consumed.
Broilers have been bred for fast growth in a short period of time. As disgusting as they are, they have not been
True: fresh eggs sink and old eggs, due to the larger air cells, will float.
- Old eggs float.
False: Egg shape and size have nothing to do with the chicks gender.
- Pointy eggs will be roosters and blunt eggs will be pullets.
False: Many people like to pen their birds up in the woods, with the excuse that '' chickens are jungle
- Chickens are jungle birds, putting them on pasture, is harmful.
fowl, that's were they belong''. While letting your chickens have access to safe woods can be very beneficial,
pasture is also beneficial. It is in fact good for them to have some kind of greenery and vegetable matter in
their diet, which can not be fond in most Forest's. (depending on were you live). Also, though chickens will
eat leaves when nothing else is available, they are hard for them to digest and do not have the same benefits
as Grass and weeds.
False: Kelp though, an excellent supplement for your birds, does not have the calcium it takes to
- Feeding Dried kelp to your birds will increase egg shells and yolk color.
increase egg shells, or enough of the right nutrients to make orange yolks.
Turkey, chicken, and goose eggs.
These are only a few of the many chicken and egg myths out there.
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