Chicken Menses

A friend of mine is an ovo-lactic vegetarian. This means that in addition to the plant matter he consumes, he also consumes dairy products and eggs.

Dairy products I can accept, but eggs? … hmm, I wasn’t so sure - it sounds a bit like those vegetarians who say they eat chicken and fish.

After all, the egg is an animal product.

His answer was simple and satisfying, "Eggs are chicken menses. The hen will produce an egg whether she is fertilized or not. Unfertilized eggs are the discarded products of ovulation akin to menses in mammals."

Image grabbed from here.

Comments

Sassy Lady said…
Its almost the same as eating cheese, gelatine and prawn crackers...

But what disturbs me most is mentioning 'menses' associate to eggs...ewwww ewwww

Does that mean cow's and goat's milk is categorised under cow's menses and goats menses too...hee eww
Coffee fairy said…
ewwwwwwwww also for me. =P
Coffee fairy said…
By the way, I hope you don't mind if I also put your blog in my blog. =)
Richard said…
sassy momma: gelatin is an animal product (made from boiling bones), so he doesn’t eat that either.

No, milk is not the same as the discarded products of ovulation. It is the result of lactation - totally different body parts are involved.

The difference between a chicken and mammals is that the chicken ovulates and then wraps it in a shell. If she has been fertilized, then she will wrap the zygote in the shell. In mammals, gestation is done internally, so the uterine lining prepares for implantation. If implantation does not occur, then everything is shed and discarded. Perhaps you would prefer if your body wrapped it up nice and neat?

coffee fairy: you are free to link to me if you like. I need to update my links too, since there are more blogs I now follow then I previously did – sometimes I have to go hunting through my comments to find the links.
Lunafish said…
I was getting ready to cook when I read this. I join the ewwwwee girls. I eat meat but gross out on most fish, not sure what that's about.
I second that "eeeeewww" (er, actually, I guess I fourth it). ;)
Prince Romp said…
Where ever it came from...
I still lurve the eggs...

I have a joke to share here...

Do you know even mammals do have eggs? but of course they wont lay it.!! Only male mammals does. hee
Richard said…
lunafish: I used to have a problem with eating things like smelts and shrimp an other small creatures.

I think it had to do with size. When you eat beef or pork, you are only eating a small unrecognizable portion of it. With a fish, you have all the bits: head, tail, fins, staring back at you. Let's face it, a salmon steak is much less recognizable as a fish part than a sardine out of a can.

On the other hand, it could be the "Bambi" factor. My sister cannot eat deer because her mind is filled with images of Bambi.

MIO: and here I was thinking, "Gee, isn't that an interesting way of looking at it". Kind of like of those Aha! moments.

prince romp: *groan*, but you are right, the male does the laying.
Alanita said…
Well...I must agree with the Chicken Menses thing. Once I cracked an egg and it was bloody inside! Ewwwwww!
Other than that...I love eggs and meat and anything red and full of protein! How about you?
Richard said…
I enjoy a wide variety of foods, not just meat.

If I had to pick a favourite meat, it would be pork (although, the Indians do wonderful things with chicken and beef).

I am also a pretty avid egg eater - generally consuming 4 or more per day. Boiled is fine or scrambled with butter and mushrooms.
Barbara said…
After hearing that I want to become a vegan! That is gross!
Coffee fairy said…
In reaction to Prince Romp's "egg-laying": There are indeed egg-laying mammals, they are called Monotremes and the duck-billed platypus is an example. (Yikes! Nerd! Nerd! Nerd! =P )
Richard said…
barbara: it is just another way of looking at it. The unfertilized egg is a waste product. My friend says he would happily eat meat if animals naturally discarded a leg or side.

coffee fairy: you are correct, monotremes lay eggs. The echidna (spiny anteater) is the only other one I know. There is nothing wrong with being knowledgeable. I remember one of my favourite moments was being out with a female friend and for some reason or other we were talking about the speed of rotation of the Earth, but neither of us knew the speed. She began to work it out from first principles based on the diameter of the Earth and time to complete one revolution. It was a very mind openning experience - prior to that, I had never met a woman who would do that.
dandan...™ said…
interesting facts...
Richard said…
dandan: It is not so much a fact as an different way of looking at things.

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