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April 28, 2009


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F Horn

I look forward to seeing your excellent articles more because they are so true, easy to understand. I hope you continue doing what you do best.

Farm Sanctuary

Another good question, Mallie! We hard boil the eggs laid by the chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese and we feed them to the chickens (shell and all). Egg laying chickens have been bred to lay more eggs than their bodies can handle. Often calcium is drawn from their skeletons to form eggshells, which weakens their skeletons and can cause an osteoporosis like condition. Eating the eggshells helps to replenish the calcium in their bodies.

Farm Sanctuary

Thanks, Emma! We do not breed the animals at Farm Sanctuary, and we do not encourage breeding farm animals for any purpose. Given their history of subjugation, we cannot guarantee that they would end up in compassionate hands. Also, given our resources, we are limited by the number of animals we can rescue and our shelters must be made available to those animals who are in most urgent need of our care. And that is why we do not encourage others to breed these animals as well.


Hee Hee! Nekkid sheep!

So whadda ya do with eggs? Got me curious, now.


Great information to know! I know some places that knit the fiber up into sweaters for the sheep to keep them warm after they have been trimmed. It is nice to know the fiber from the Sanctuary's sheep is given back to nature. What cozy nests it must make!


Thank you for this very interesting and detailed post! (I love Farm Sanctuary!)

I have some questions:

Do animals at the sanctuary mate and birth?

What do you think is the most ethical response to breeds which have been breed for production (wool, meat, etc.) and which suffer because of how their bodies are now structured? Should we prevent more of these breeds from being born? Should we allow them to mate with more wild breeds?

I'm just very curious about these points. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!

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