Vegetarian chickens...What?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickerdoodle13, May 30, 2008.

  1. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    There was an egg carton sitting on the table in the kitchen that somebody had given us. On the carton it advertises the eggs as coming from "Vegetarian chickens". I believe the company that sold the eggs was Egglands Best, but that statement just struck me as strange. Chickens are omnivores and naturally eat a very varied diet of both meat AND veggies. In fact, our eggs look much nicer when they get lots of supplemental scraps from the kitchen.

    IDK, to me it just sounds unnatural to have vegetarian hens! That would be like feeding a black bear veggies for the rest of it's life! I don't really see the point either. I could see organic, but vegetarian??
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Haha what companies won't do for a sale!
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    That label tells you right off what conditions the hens are kept in.
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    eeeeeeewwwwwww not eggs I would buy. We know from the label the eggs are not cage-free. Sad and odd advertising.
  5. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    And what does free range and organic mean when it comes to labeling eggs.

    Vegetarian chickens. I see them running around in little hemp sandals and dreadlocks eating soy yogurt (is there such thing as soy yogurt?). No offense meant towards vegetarians in the forum. Just my stereotyping,
  6. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Actually, I'm pretty sure my chickens ae vegetarian, I buy feed without meat products and I'm vegetarian, so the kitchen scraps are all veggies.
    (Somehow the thought of feeding my chickens, chicken is too creepy)
    Anyway, it does sound like a marketing ploy to entice vegetarians to buy their eggs, as if I would ever eat a store bought egg! Ha! nice try guys.
    I wonder what they'll think up next?
  7. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    I have seen this before on eggs. Do they not think they eat bugs and worms? These are not veggies. [​IMG]
  8. "And what does free range and organic mean when it comes to labeling eggs."

    free range means that they are let roam all over an open feild, instead of in a 1 foot by 1 foot cage all alone.(though free range is extremely costly and inefficent)

    organic means that they are fed natural veggies and what-not

    in responce to the "chickens are vegitarians thing"
    -actually, if a chicken was left in a pen with a dead chicken, a bowl of food, and a bucket of water, it would most likely eat the chicken first... yes, they are cannibals. they actually enjoy meat.
  9. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    lovin, That's our definition but the is there an official definition? Some claim letting their birds into a small space outside the factory is free ranging.

    Can organic birds be caged?
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    I do believe the official defintion of free-range is the absence of cages and access to an outdoor yard. Basically a building and a run. I think this means they are kept broiler-style with an outdoor cage/fence/run to keep them in.

    Organic chickens, I imagine are still caged. I think the label "organic" only has to do with their diet. They are fed "organic" food, food grown without all the chemical fertilizers and pesticides and whatnot. I think it also means the birds are not treated with chemical-type medicines.


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