Episode 70.

We begin by explaining how we discovered Don’s love language. By the way, it’s barbecue ribs and cheesecake.

In the news, we discuss a potential new chicken business… the chicken concierge. A man in Texas and a woman in Massachusetts make house visits to take care of chicken chores that you may find unpleasant. Hey, we pay for someone to mow the lawn and skim the pool.. why not have someone clean the coop as well?

Our good listener Joe in San Diego sent us a message asking if there is a withdrawal period for meat birds on medicated feed. In past episodes, we mentioned that Amprolium-based medicated feeds do not require a withdrawal period to eat a hen’s eggs, and the same is true for meat birds. Those broilers can be on a medicated feed in the morning and on your dinner table in the evening. That being said, meat birds are typically only on medicated feed for about four weeks before being switched to a grower/finisher feed to fatten them up. If you follow that regimen, your birds will be off medicated feed for 4 to 8 weeks before processing anyway.

We received an email from a listener who’s daughter was teased at school for eating eggs because they are “baby chickens.” She wanted some clarification about fertilized and unfertilized eggs. Store bought eggs are almost exclusively unfertilized, so they have no chance of hatching. A few stores sell fertilized eggs, but you will know if you get those because they are labeled “Fertilized Eggs” and they cost more than normal store eggs.

Finally, we answer a question from Sally who wanted to know if eggs are truly gluten free. She read on a forum that hens on high-wheat diets can pass on gluten to the egg and cause problems for people with gluten issues. So far as science has determined, all bird eggs are gluten free no matter how much wheat the hen ate. Gluten proteins are broken down into amino acids and cease to be gluten, so there is no chance of them appearing in a hen’s egg. It is possible, however, for your gluten-free egg to be contaminated with gluten during food preparation.

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