After being diagnosed with Osteoporosis I was considering adding local eggs, (those from local farms) to my diet. The common belief is that backyard chickens or those on local farms were well treated and with love.

While at the 2019 ARC Conference in D.C., I met with Jewel from the Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig’s Roost (follow them on Facebook). She gave me the real scoop on backyard and local eggs.

Are Local Eggs Ethical?

‘Are Local Eggs Ethical’ Video Transcript

DEBORAH: I don’t eat eggs I haven’t eaten eggs for years because of ethical reasons. But I heard, and I don’t know if it’s true and that’s why you’re the eggs-pert to tell me. I heard that if I get eggs on real, local farms close to where I live, that they’re treated ethically.

JEWEL: Chickens are so far removed from their heritage breeds that they lay hundreds of eggs a year. So if people are keeping hens to lay eggs to sell eggs, they’re gonna have to make a profit off it. Otherwise the hens are just gonna consume the food and be a drain on their farm. So they’re not going to keep them around unless they’re gonna produce a high number of eggs, which is unnatural.

So what happens to their bodies, as the hens age, is that they begin to break down. You can’t tell from the outside what’s going on, on the inside. Their muscles become weak because they can’t contract, due to lower calcium levels, because of the high egg output. This means that the shells get softer, because of the lower calcium, because they’re always expelling eggs and the muscles get weaker.

Soon the eggs won’t be expelled. The soft shell, the weak muscles, the eggs will stop coming out. But those eggs will continue to be produced inside their bodies. So they can have over a dozen eggs trapped inside their bodies.

DEBORAH: What happens?

JEWEL: They die, slowly, and without vet interventions. So they don’t even get proper healthcare, none of them will.

So consuming eggs from a farm, even if they only have six hens, something like that. For example, if it’s your neighbor, they take really good care of them. They name them, they love them, they bring them in the house sometimes, whatever, those things are still going on in their bodies.

DEBORAH: Why, because those hens don’t exist anymore? Or because they buy those hens because they need to make a profit?

JEWEL: Those hens that only lay like, 20 eggs a year, really don’t really exist anymore. All the birds now that you can buy at any hatchery are totally unnatural birds.

Editor’s Note:

Sources Cited (NPR Article):

Chicken and Egg

Editor’s Note:

This article was originally published on August 19th, 2019 and has been updated on February 15th, 2020 to include the transcript of the Are Local Eggs Ethical video.

Join my Facebook Community “Design for a Non Toxic & Cruelty Free Home.

Wish to receive more articles like this? Subscribe to my newsletter.

Check out our non-toxic and cruelty-free Amazon shop.

Learn how to design spaces that are non toxic, non animal based (vegan) and promote wellbeing,
by subscribing to our Youtube Channel.

In case you missed it 🌸

Have you taken our newest beginner course?!
Learn more about the Online Nursery & Kids Room Design Course.
Need help finding non-toxic and cruelty-free furniture & decor?
Check our Resource Guide (150+ brands!)
Need help creating a safe & healthy home for you & your family?
BOOK US for a 20-minute call!
Need even more family-friendly home design tips?
Check out our FREE 23 Chemical and Cruelty Free Design Tips Sheet
Here’s a link to a financial guide for parents of children with disabilities
Why go vegan on your mattress
Meghan Markle and her choice of nursery paint
Apps for kids with Autism
Check out a complete guide to renovating your kitchen
Creating a Chemical Stress-Free Home
Bentley Goes Vegan and Leather Alternatives 101


Mushroom & jellyfish leather interior: Bentley eyes producing Vegan-friendly cars
VEGE-CAR-IAN Mushroom leather and jellyfish dashboards could be the vegan future of cars, says Bentley
What is protein leather/protein leatherette?
A start-up is imagining how mushrooms may be turned into leather
Where to Get Muskin (Mushroom Leather)
The Next Leather Jacket Will Be Made From Mushrooms

Just a heads up, this article may contain links to affiliate sites, products or services. If you purchase something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more! The affiliate simply provides us with a small commission which helps us fund our operations, promoting healthy & compassionate interior decorating.

Share this with friends!

Comments Off on Are Backyard & Local Eggs Ethical? /
Say hello to Deborah!

I’m Deborah! My mission is to show others by demonstration, that no living being, human & non, be sacrificed for beautiful, non toxic, healthy & durable furniture & decor. More about me.

Light Bulb

Light up Your Inbox

Sign up today for my newsletter to stay up to date with the latest & greatest from DiMare Design.

We respect your privacy, to learn more please read our Privacy Policy.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.