My name is Mike, and I am a chicken vet. I’ve been working full time for over a decade with egg farmers who produce food for us all. I’ve noticed lately that there is a surge in interest in what we do, as the food producing sector of the world. I’ve also noticed that a LOT of the information that is circulating about egg farming is misleading, confusing, or downright wrong. I started this blog as my way of trying to fix this.
I am in egg producing barns on a daily basis, and see the reality of caged hens, free-run production, and organic eggs. I know this stuff…not because somebody told me, or I read it once, but because it’s what I do…every day for over a decade. If you have a question…ask.
The professional egg farms in Ontario are run the way they are for very good, but complicated reasons. Because egg farming is so alien to most people, there are a lot of misunderstanding about what goes on and why. I will gladly explain the process to clear up some of these misconceptions
We all need to eat. If you beleive that it is morally OK to eat animal products, then someone needs to raise and care for the animals to make those products. I believe that farmers are obligated to look after their animals in the way that provides the best welfare possible, while producing enough safe food for the population.
I help egg farmers do this. I’m so interested in welfare that I’m working on my Masters of Science degree in animal welfare. Part-time on top of my day job. It’s either really important to me, or I’m a glutton for punishment….I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
I am also involved with backyard hen keepers. I am working with municipalities to set up regulations so that the hens are kept in a safe, humane manner. My hope is that the rules get set up well enough to encourage well run backyard flocks. The desire to become closer to their food, and the willingness to take on the responsibility for the hens makes urban farmers worthy of respect.
The passion, knowledge and ingenuity of the backyard farmers I have met is amazing. These people will do anything to get or keep the right to have their hens. I try to help them by making sure they are aware of the hens needs. For the most part, backyard hens are in danger of suffering because of ignorance, not from lack of caring or attention. My hope is that this blog may become a source of information for some of the backyarders who want to know more.
My goal for this blog is to interact with non-farmer types who want to know more. Let me know what you think, what you want to know, or why you are intersted in laying hens. I’ll gladly tell you what I think, and maybe we can learn something from each other.
Thanks for reading;
Mike the Chicken Vet