Billions of eggs are being consumed by people around the world daily. Yet major facts about eggs are kept hidden from the people by the powerful poultry industry because all they want you to do is keep consuming their products so that they keep minting money.
We are not talking about the high cholesterol content of eggs and the risk of salmonella virus infection. These facts are known to almost every consumer of eggs. We are talking about the facts that are intentionally kept hidden, facts that will make you give up eggs without giving them a second thought.
Eggs Are Genetically Engineered
All egg-laying hens are genetically engineered and selectively bred for the sole purpose of producing an unnaturally high number of eggs. Similarly, broiler chickens used in meat production are genetically engineered and selectively bred to produce maximum meat in minimum time – in other words, to grow as big and fat in as short a time as possible.
A Hen Can Only Lay 12-24 Eggs Per Year — Naturally
Hens produce eggs for the same reason as human females or any other female species do, which is for the purpose of procreation, in other words, to produce offspring and ensure the survival of their species.
A natural hen living in natural surroundings free from human influence, as in the wild, produces just about 12 eggs per year (same as a human female) in clutches of 5–6 eggs, just enough to produce offspring. And that too only during the breeding season in the spring.
In rare cases a wild hen may lay another 12 eggs during the summer season too. But there is no way a wild hen will lay eggs during the autumn and winter seasons. This rest period allows their reproductive system to rejuvenate. This is how their natural reproductive cycle is designed by nature.
Do you know how many eggs does a factory hen lay? 300 to 350 eggs per year! This amounts to almost an egg a day.
In contrast, some 2000 years back even domesticated hens laid just 60 eggs per year.
This figure increased to 120 some 100 years back, when hens were genetically enhanced to lay 60 eggs during spring and 60 during summer. During autumn and winter, however, they would still cease to lay eggs just like the wild hen.
The consequences of forced egg-laying
Being forced to go through the labor-intensive process of producing an egg a day, contrary to their natural reproductive cycle, is equivalent to forcing a woman to menstruate every single day of the year.
Also since a hen’s egg is rather large when you compare it to her body size (human egg is microscopic-sized), the hen needs to mobilize 10% of its skeletal calcium to produce one egg shell. This takes a heavy toll on the body of the hens, and poor birds often end up with wounded ovipositors (tubular structure that is used for laying eggs) and broken legs from osteoporosis, due to massive loss of calcium.
This is the price these animals have to pay for feeding you eggs.
The Horrors During the Cessation Period
To stimulate egg production during autumn and winter when hens cease to produce eggs, or when the egg production drops after one season of egg-laying, they are made to go through what is called induced molting (shedding of their feathers). This involves complete or sometimes partial starving the hens of food and water for 10–15 days and keeping them in the dark. During this period egg production ceases.
Some hens die during this process but the ones who manage to survive molting start producing bigger and better eggs on restarting their feed. It appears that this “rest period” gives their reproductive system a break and some time to rejuvenate. If not subjected to induced molting after one season of egg production, hens are sent straight to the slaughter house to prepare animal feed.
Do you know what happens to the male chicks?
In the hatcheries that produce female chicks for egg production, male chicks are considered useless as they can’t lay eggs. They are not even considered worth feeding because they are from the egg-laying breed and have not been genetically engineered to produce lots of flesh and breast muscle and grow at breakneck speed to yield quick profits.
So, newly born or 1 to 3-day-old male chicks are simply shredded alive in a grinding machine! Or killed by gassing and electrocution, or mercilessly stuffed alive in plastic sacks, where the chicks at the bottom die of suffocation and the ones on the top either due to suffocation, injury or starvation, whatever comes first.
Do you know how poultry farmers deal with the aggressive behavior of the hen?
Confined for life-long to a metal cage in a space that is no more than an letter-sized sheet, a space that is made filthy with their own and others’ urine and faeces, a space so small that it never allows these birds to spread their wings, and forced to produce unnaturally high number of eggs that are also unnaturally large, hens become aggressive and start pecking at their own feathers as well other hens in the cage.
This results in injuries and bleeding.
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Instead of providing better living conditions to these birds, poultry farm owners simply cut off their beaks partially at a very young age without any aneasthesia, in order to stop pecking. This process is very painful to the hens as the beak has nerves passing through it.
Do you know that hen’s eggs come out of the same opening (cloaca) through which its urine and faeces are expelled?
Do you know how long can a hen live?
A hen left to its own has a life span of 10–15 years. An egg-laying factory hen rarely lives beyond 2 years. Restricted to small spaces in cages where they are unable to move around, hens suffer from debilitating conditions and diseases like osteoporosis, tumors of the oviduct, uterine prolapse, ruptured or stuck eggs in their oviduct, and more.
Can you, after reading this piece, continue eating eggs? We’re not trying to convert you, we’re just trying to reason it out.
If you enjoy consuming eggs, and if this piece hurt you, we’re sorry.
But we too can’t be stopped from making a tasty omelet out of truth, rationale and facts.
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