The Early Bird Gets the Mouse
Pecky: Can't talk now, mouth full of mouse.
Pecky: How am I going to eat this thing?
Sussey: Hey, Pecks, can I have some?
Pecky: No way, sister, this mouse is mine!
Our chickens are most decidedly omnivores, as they demonstrated this morning with a little rodent hunting. They also eat insects and worms with relish when free ranging.
I am absolutely against chickens eating meat meal, especially if it contains chicken meat. But, the only way farmers can guarantee that eggs from their hens are 100% vegetarian fed is if they confine them, a practice that incubates disease and limits the omnivore nature of the birds. Eggs from free ranged hens, found in the backyard or farmer's market, are the best choice for the birds and the flavor.