I had watched a few videos on vegans saying owning backyard chickens was "unethical" and so much of what they said was wrong so I am going to make this thread for you vegans to understand
First, the topic of taking their eggs away from them they say that the eggs are just unborn chicks, while this is completely untrue most eggs are not fertile due to no roosters in most flocks. Then their are the few fertile eggs out of the majority they will not develop into any sort of chick unless they have been incubated for at least 24 hours, before those 24 hours there is no chick developing. Then you say taking their eggs disrupts their reproductive process by taking the egg from her forcing her to lay another the next day while this is untrue too, chickens will lay eggs every day no matter if you take the egg or not... they don't really care. Now yes sometimes leaving a clutch of eggs out will encourage them to go broody, but not really. Going broody for them is a hormonal thing and it depends on the time of year, the temperature and the breed. Most hens have broodiness bred out of them, therefore they will never want to hatch chicks and you are in no way disrupting there reproductive process.
Now your saying eggs are bad for you now. Huh? That's where your wrong again. You say they have too much cholesterol, when their is no proven facts that eating eggs will give you cancer or heart attacks or whatever. Eggs are actually VERY nutritious they have all sorts of vitamins in them such as Vitamin A and Vitamin D, Vitamin 6, Vitamin B-12. They are a great source for protein too, they also have calcium.
How chickens are raised, yes this is the one thing I agree with you on... the egg industry is horrible but not in all places many are free range pasture raised but there are those egg factories that have them as practically slaves In cages and crowding with other birds. I would stop if I could. But don't hate on backyard chickens they are raised respectfully like your family dog they are just as happy as any other family animal. Hatcheries yes they are cruel to roosters they will kill many but not all many just go straight to the straight run are of the chicks where they will be bought just like any other chick. Mailing chicks, you say hatcheries drug their chicks before they are shipped, that isn't true either chicks are born with about three days worth of nutrition in their bodies so they will not need to be fed or watered during those shipping days.