Has anyone tried to scare you off eating eggs by telling you they are a chicken’s abortion? I have heard this, and that they are her "period" or that you are eating a fetus. Learn the truth before you spread lies.
This article is to clarify a few misconceptions about what hens eggs are, and what they are not. Some people will tell you that chicken eggs are a chicken’s abortions, or they are a chicken’s “period”. Failing either of those attempts they will try to tell you that eggs are chicken fetuses. I have to take the time to tell you that none of these scare tactics are true*, and will explain why, and give a bit more information about “the egg”.
First off, lets look at a few eggs. The difference in color of shells pretty much only indicates different breeds of birds that laid them, the color does not indicate any health value of the egg, nor does it indicate if the hen was a “free range” bird or battery bird. Consumers seem to want white eggs, so this is what the industry caters too as such battery hens are white birds, that lay white eggs. Myself, I am happier with free range eggs and the color does not matter (as a note, most brown hens lay brown eggs, some breeds lay blue or green eggs).
These are my own birds, free range in the day, and penned up at night for their own safety from predators. We fed them a proper laying ration and get at least one egg per bird every day (excluding winter when they slow down or stop laying). While they were out they munched grass, dandelions, and bugs. This article is not debating free range vs battery hens, but you will note, that in neither situation is a rooster needs to be involved.
That is right, generally no roosters are used in the production of eggs for eating. Hens lay eggs no matter what. Their bodies naturally produce eggs and they get too big and must come out. We see if there is no rooster, the egg is not fertile, so cannot be considered an “abortion”. Even if it was fertile, this is the natural process of chicken reproduction, so equally could not be considered an “abortion”. To read more about how an egg is formed inside then hen click here.