Originally Posted by Bridgertrot
I'm a newbie to chickens and want to get some someday...I'll check out that website posted but I was curious...
Can you just eat the eggs straight out? Like...do they need any sort of vaccinations or anything special done to the eggs or chickens before you can eat the eggs?
Love the pics!
Yup, straight out. (Well... ya gotta cook 'em)
If you order from a hatchery there are vaccines one can opt to get, but they are for overall health issues a bird may face. Most of which are encountered in a large laying facilty.
A home flock is generally going to be much healthier and not need them.
On the occasions I have ordered from a hatchery I chose not to have anyhing vaccinated and I raised them on non-medicated feeds.
Most chick starter formulas have an anti-coccidia medication in them, but with careful attention to what you are doing and you may not need them.
I can't legally claim my eggs are organic because I don't buy labeled organic feeds, but in every other way my eggs are organic and qualify for all the other labels put on eggs. Free range, natural, humanely raised... etc.
Just like undertaking any animal keeping adventure... a little research ahead of time, careful planning, and a safe place to keep them will yield happy, healthy animals that are a pleasure for the owener to keep.
Flygap... my place is by no means clean at all. My camera phone hides the dirt. (Did ya notice how the pics were cropped??)
Haha, mine ate the insulation too (cropped out of pic)
And so many times I have reached in for eggs and came out with rocks! The ducks are the worst for doing that!! I had one duck who lost her eggs during a hatch and sat on a rock for weeks. Guarded that rock with her life she did. I have the scars on my hand to prove it!
Your birds are beautiful too!