Dogs love eggs too!

Our chickens have 8 nest boxes in two coops, to use at their own leisure.

But it’s never enough!

Some want a different kind of privacy and will go out of their way to create a nest around the yard and have their own secret, hiding spots. Easter egg hunting style! A couple of years ago we had a few chickens laying their eggs in the thick bushes by the driveway. I found them while I was out mowing the lawn. I wasn’t amused to find 36 eggs in total. 

After my mom left last July, the dogs have been out 24/7 guarding, patrolling and finding the hidden gems.

More recently, about 5 chickens lay their eggs in the back shed, at the bottom of the bale of straw, and in the dog house!  the dogs must love this one – served hot daily!

I know this happens because I’ve watched it over and over again. The dogs would go on their rounds during the day, check the fence perimeter, mark some spots, then go inside the shed and see if any snacks are ready for take-out. If there are, they will gently pick up one egg, bring it to the front lawn (or other areas of the yard) and slowly crack it and suck out the insides. They sometimes eat the egg shells too (mostly during winter months) or leave it for the clean up crew (read: chickens) to make it disappear.

Zeus and his egg

When we have a house showing booked, the dogs stay locked in their enclosure for the day. When I open the gate, they follow the same ritual, fence line, pee here and there, and eggs! If a chicken is still in that make-shift nest, they don’t trouble it, they slowly come back out of the shed and lay down at its side. As soon as the chicken leaves, they go inside and look for what is left behind. Nobody ever said dogs are stupid! 

Are (raw) eggs good for dogs?

Million dollar question among dog owners and the answer is HELL YA’!

Think about it! The egg is considered to be one of nature’s most nutritious foods – a complete meal for humans. Why would it be any different for our canine ‘kids’? Eggs are loaded with vitamins, protein and minerals. Athletes incorporate raw whole eggs in their diet too 🙂

Eggs are an important source of nutrition not only for many of the bird’s predators but for the chick living inside it! The egg contains all the nutrients necessary to grow a new chicken. Eggs are also one of the most complete sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

One of the reasons pet owners are warned off eggs is that the whites contain enzyme inhibitors which can interfere with digestion, especially for pups and seniors.  This is true, but it only means that eggs should not be the mainstay of the diet.  It is perfectly safe to feed several eggs a week to the average dog.  If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset, then they should have no trouble with eggs as a regular part of their diet. Cooking the egg white could solve this problem, but much of the nutrition would be lost, so it is actually best to feed it raw.

Egg whites contain avidin, a Biotin inhibitor. Biotin is one of the B vitamins and is important for cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism and good skin and coat. Biotin deficiencies are quite rare and it would take an extraordinary amount of eggs to create a deficiency. Also, egg yolks are very high in biotin, so as long as you feed the entire egg, you’re covered! There are other sources of biotin in the diet as well, liver is a particularly good source of Biotin (again, in moderation). Once again, cooking the egg white will eliminate the risk, but your dog will lose much of the nutritional value. If feeding your dogs eggs on a regular basis, simply make sure they get the whole egg, not just the whites.

There is also the scare that eggs could contain salmonella – dogs are well equipped to handle the bacteria in all raw foods. The health of the hen is also important, so if feeding the eggs raw, it is always recommended to choose them from organic, free-range chickens. Proper storage and keeping the eggs cool will also go a long way toward keeping the harmful bacteria at a manageable level. Unless your dog has access to hot off the press eggs, like ours do! 😉

If eggs are fed with the shell on, they are a nearly complete food source for dogs. The shells can also be valuable for dogs who have difficulty eating bones. You can simply dry the shells out and grind them in a clean coffee grinder until they are powdered and sprinkle the powder on your dog’s food OR put the dry shells in a zip bag and ‘run them over’ with a rolling pin until they reach the desired size. It’s important to remember that many eggs are sprayed with a chemical to make them look shiny, so it’s best to get your eggs from a local organic farmer or wash the crap out of them (literally!) before cracking.

Eggs are cheap, easily obtained and an outstanding source of nutrition for your dog.  The common ground with raw feeders is that the health benefits of eggs certainly outweigh the risks – and feeding eggs whole, the way nature intended, goes long ways to counteract harmful imbalances.  Try feeding your dogs a few eggs a week and you’ll see better health, inside and out.

We also feed scrambled eggs during winter months, to warm their bodies from the inside out. Scrambled eggs and bacon fat sprinkled over their kibbles is always received with great appreciation! Instant tail wagging and a clean bowl in seconds is a good indication of  a job well done 😉

 

 

Source: dogsnaturallymagazine.com

 

3 Thoughts on “Dogs love eggs too!

  1. A chicken wearing a nappy? Lol

  2. 36 eggs!? Those cheeky blighters. Maybe you could try making them wear pants while they’re outside! 😀
    Yeah eggs are so good for our cats too – we crack an egg over their cat food and stir it in and they love it, and it makes their coats so shiny and smooth… I’d eat an egg raw for all the nutrients too if I didn’t think it’d make me yack!

    • ….when people keep chickens inside (one or two if their sick or w/e), they put a DIAPER on them…ya, they have a chicken diaper … with multiple uses. My cats are fussy…they eat only shrimp, ham cold cuts, some cheese. No matter where they are, they freaking SMELL the shrimp bag opening and come running and meowing “me too, me too”. It creates a line up by the sink.

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