Chickens fed food scraps = eggs not ok to sell?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by 8littlechickens, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. 8littlechickens

    8littlechickens In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2010
    I was told by a friend that it is illegal to sell eggs from chickens fed food scraps (I'm in Ohio, Cleveland area). Has anyone else heard of any regulations like this, and where might I start to look to find out for my area? Our chickens are just a year old, and so far we haven't had enough surplus to sell to the public, but have been selling to friends/family/acquaintences. We'd like to expand, though, so will need to start learning about what's ok & not.
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    That sounds beyond rediculous to me. Check out your state ag dept. site to search for the information...also, I'd just have to add - how would anyone ever know what you fed them ALL the time??
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  3. I can understand that if you were feeding restaurant slop that could be full of meat like diseased chicken. (Not any restaurant I'd want to go to!)

    But regular table scraps? Veggies and bread crusts, etc.? That should be a PLUS.

    I'd call your local extension office and see what they have to say.
  4. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    I'm in OH and haven't heard that one. Sounds ridiculous.

    If there is any sort of regulation it would probably for the big egg factory farms and not the backyard keeper.
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Furthermore, what they don't know won't hurt them. Be discreet and don't broadcast what you use. Have some regular feed on hand at all times just in case their is an issue.
  6. 8littlechickens

    8littlechickens In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2010
    Thanks! That's encouraging. I'll check out the ag extension and see what I can find. We do veggies and bread, but there's also the occasional meat (that we've made).
  7. Mr.Bojangles

    Mr.Bojangles In the Brooder

    Jan 23, 2010
    Ayden,NC 28513
    Quote:You can check with APHIS of the USDA. Or you could check with the poutry inspection division of your state's agriculture department.
  8. huntercf

    huntercf Songster

    May 17, 2010
    You could check under your state's health and safety code.
  9. Aframechickens191

    Aframechickens191 Chirping

    May 23, 2010
    NW Ohio
    Im in NW Ohio and I feed my chickens all sorts of table scraps, and bug and weeds.....

    The yolks are deep golden orange instead of pale yellow and everyone we give them to says they taste almost ridiculously better than store bought factory eggs!

    Therefore I say that unless youre feeding your chickens OTC medications or cocaine (lol) you should be good! High protein and vitamins are a good thing!
  10. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Careful, the police may come digging through the chicken poop to see what you've been feeding. [​IMG]

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