<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Herbivoracious</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2901936"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Preamble: I'm a vegetarian, and eating dairy is on my "probably shouldn't do that" list. The treatment of chickens for their eggs, however, is something I can no longer abide by.<br><br>
I've been buying free-run eggs lately- after checking with the farmers to confirm that they lived in a real open-concept environment, of course- and I was curious as to your thoughts on the ethics of it. Do you eat free-run eggs? Why or why not?</div>
No, I don't. Assuming that the chickens really are "happy chickens" there are still a couple of questions that need to be asked. (1) What happens to the male chicks? (2) What happens to the hens after they are no longer producing eggs at a profitable rate? Economically speaking, no farmer can keep, feed and care for <i>all</i> the male chicks born in the hatchery, nor can s/he keep, feed and care for <i>all</i> the spent hens. So...what happens to them?
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