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Raw (uncooked) eggs...ok?

bendyfoot
March 13th, 2008, 09:37 AM
Our dogs both really like raw eggs...

lately Kim's been giving them each one egg every morning (which is very helpful for getting Miss "who-needs-food" Jaida to eat her breakfast.

Bad? OK? Good?

CearaQC
March 13th, 2008, 09:53 AM
Of course eggs are ok! Well I guess it really depends on where the eggs come from. If you can find a CSA (community supported agriculture) and get some organic eggs, then go for it. With CSAs you are supporting local produce, meat and dairy, which doesn't have far to travel to your table or the pet food bowl, which makes a smaller carbon footprint.

http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/community_supported_agriculture.htm

http://www.acornorganic.org/

http://www.equiterre.qc.ca/en/agriculture/paniersBios/index.php

My fuzzbutts LOVE eggs. Anytime I crack an egg for cooking people food, Sheeba is right there roo roo'ing for her share. It's a riot. They both love the crunch crunch of the shells and licking the liquid parts. Sheeba hates it when I use eggs and she doesn't get any.

Eggs w/ shells in the diet makes for confetti poop though. :laughing:

want4rain
March 13th, 2008, 10:04 AM
yep, my woofer likes raw eggs but not the shells. do you know how crafty a dog can be at getting the egg but not the shell?? quite so. :) make sure its the whole egg though. deficiencies about otherwise. :)

-ashley

SARAH
March 13th, 2008, 10:24 AM
Misti is on the counter, pawing my hand to get her yolk when I separate the eggs :) too cute. Sheba and Dani wolf it down too. Spoutnik is just starting to taste it, not convinced yet ...

Frenchy
March 13th, 2008, 11:10 AM
My guys love raw eggs :thumbs up

bendyfoot
March 13th, 2008, 12:17 PM
Good, I'm glad it's ok.:thumbs up

Jaida can crack open her own, but Gracie's hopeless, she carries it around in her mouth and frets unless we help her. We usually just crack them into the bowls on top of their kibble, shells and all. They both like to eat the shells, which surprised me at first, but I guess they're crunchy and fun! Funny, I haven't noticed particularly weird poops as a result...but then I don't always look THAT closely, ya know?

SARAH, I've never offered them to the kitties...I wonder what they'd think?

luckypenny
March 13th, 2008, 01:10 PM
If possible, try to acquire free-range eggs as they are much more nutritionally advantageous. Although initially more expensive, it ends up cheaper in the long run because you only have to feed (or eat) less than half the amount of regular commercial eggs.

Here's quite an imformative article on the subject if you're interested:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2007-10-01/Tests-Reveal-Healthier-Eggs.aspx

otter
March 13th, 2008, 07:05 PM
If possible, try to acquire free-range eggs as they are much more nutritionally advantageous. Although initially more expensive, it ends up cheaper in the long run because you only have to feed (or eat) less than half the amount of regular commercial eggs.

Here's quite an imformative article on the subject if you're interested:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2007-10-01/Tests-Reveal-Healthier-Eggs.aspx
:DI'd highly recommend getting a couple of your own chickens. Never ending egg supply, fresh everyday, very little cost and not really much effort. It's really PERFECT. And chickens are quite the characters, they are worth it just for the entertainment value :thumbs up Motherearthnews.com has great info on keeping your own chickens... and yes, you can do it in the city. People in NY City have chickens :eek:

Really.... i'm quite serious! People can do this and it's amazing.

otter
March 13th, 2008, 07:07 PM
needless to say... everyone here eats eggs regularly, especially in the summer (chickens lay less eggs in the winter), cats, dogs, people, raw and cooked :thumbs up

bendyfoot
March 14th, 2008, 03:32 PM
We're definitely interested in getting some hens, but maybe not for another year or two...:thumbs up

want4rain
March 14th, 2008, 09:30 PM
we have talked about getting chickens a few times but need to come up with a way to confine them to OUR property (acre and a half) and also the money to put up a coup and figure out how many the hawks will take off with. :o

-ash

otter
March 15th, 2008, 05:10 PM
there are many plans for good chicken coops out on the net...definitely check out Mother Earth news. There are these cool coops that are moveable, and basically have enough space for the hens to roost and roam. Each day you wheel the thing to a new area for them to feed. Keeps them safe and secure 100% and they still get all the benefits of free range..
http://www.motherearthnews.com/uploadedImages/articles/issues/2007-04-01/InexpensiveDIYMoveableChickenCoop.jpg

There are lots of other plans out there.... let me know if you want more info, i'll dig up what i can find.

Chickens don't "wander" that far... and they come back to the roost EVERY night. My property is only about 100 x 200 ft. and they "free range" all summer. Every once in a while someone tells me they have seen my "girls" down at the end of the road or something but basically they stay on my property. I don't have any fencing or anything. So far so good on not "loosing" too many (two have been killed by dogs, not my dogs but wanderers). I think having a dog around keeps some of the predators away.

I soooooooooo encourage you to go ahead and get a few hens this spring! The investment is so little and the rewards so great. I'm happy to help out if I can :thumbs up

Elizabeth Ann
March 21st, 2008, 12:25 PM
We feed our dogs a store bought "raw stew" to our dogs. One of the ingredeances (sp?) is raw eggs, shell and all. I have never just given the pups a raw egg but I have given them cooked eggs (too over cooked for the other half so I had to start over) and they wanted no part of it.

SARAH
March 21st, 2008, 12:31 PM
Bendyfoot, why would you not give eggs to the cats? They don't look like birds :laughing: :laughing:

I've had hens. And a rooster! They got chicks - and so did the fox! I never found the eggs, but then again, the birds were roaming free.