23 Apr '11, 11am

The Environmental Impact of Backyard Chickens: No Impact is Not an Option

How Many Eggs for Each Bag of Grain? While my hens are free to scratch in the dirt, eat bugs, and get a steady diet of scraps from our kitchen too, I suspect the largest portion of their diet still comes from these grains. I have yet to calculate how many eggs we get for each bag of grain, but I am sure it would be an illuminating calculation. (Currently I seem to also be feeding a hungry, vegetarian possum intruder, so I'd need to fix the coop properly for it to be an accurate experiment.) From a vegan standpoint , it would almost certainly make so much more environmental sense to feed those grains direct to humans, rather than pass them through a system of animal husbandry—however local and low impact—and deal with the inevitable nutrient loss that come along with those pesky laws of entropy.

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