My family and I have three of our own hens who live pretty awesome lives. They have a safe coop and pen to spend the nights in, but they also get to explore the yard. (You can see more of Pepper, Penny and Ulu here, here, here, and here.) They eat local and organic feed, plants, bugs, and loads of kitchen scraps. They’ve become buddies with my dog Cupcake, who has taken a role to be their protector even though she’s probably smaller than they are.
Unlike milk from cows, chickens will produce eggs no matter what. It’s a sign that they’re healthy and functioning properly. I've often heard the common misconception that hens need a rooster in order to lay eggs. Nope- the chickens will ovulate like humans do without the help of the opposite sex.
That means the that chickens will continue to produce eggs, whether humans are there to take them or not. This, to me, is more ethically okay than keeping cows pregnant and force-milking them. That’s just wrong.
When I make scrambled eggs for breakfast or an egg and avocado toast for dinner, I always feel guilty. Normally when I eat animal products, I do it accidentally or to be polite to a person I care about who really just wanted to share some buttery poundcake or something.
Anyway, to wrap up: I think store-bought eggs are gross and the way they're mass-produced is horrible. Eggs from chickens you know have not been mistreated are totally fine. I eat eggs sometimes, but I don’t really like their taste. I’m not saying they’re healthy or good or anything, but I just want to share my thoughts in case there is another quasi-vegan out there trying to justify his/her/their own egg consumption.