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PaulaSp Jan 4, 2011 02:31 PM

I get chicken eggs from a local farm. They recently added 'exotic' chickens: Silkie and Araucana breeds. I am trying to find out if these chickens are kosher.



  1. queenscook Jan 4, 2011 02:53 PM

    As far as I know, a chicken is a chicken is a chicken.

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    1. re: queenscook
      einkorn Jan 1, 2014 08:52 PM

      white silkie may not be kosher !

    2. m
      mamaleh Jan 4, 2011 02:58 PM

      I came across this article earlier today while searching for the kashrut status of emu eggs. It may be helpful to you to find the names of the kosher bird experts out there:

      1. z
        zsero Jan 4, 2011 03:25 PM

        As far as I can tell these are both chickens, of the same species as all other chickens, and will readily breed with any other chicken. So yes, their eggs are kosher.

        1. b
          brooklynkoshereater Jan 4, 2011 06:25 PM

          maybe consult with your local rabbi

          1. serenarobin Jan 5, 2011 04:26 AM

            The couple of times I got farm-fresh eggs (a few years back) I had to discard many of them due to blood spots. Anyone else have that experience?

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            1. re: serenarobin
              chazzer Jan 5, 2011 04:57 AM

              Talk to your rabbi, if they are brown eggs from Road Island Reds they may not have been Blood spots.

              1. re: chazzer
                serenarobin Jan 5, 2011 07:58 AM

                Wow that's interesting! They were white eggs though. No idea what kind of chicken they came from.

              2. re: serenarobin
                The Cameraman Jan 5, 2011 01:41 PM

                Fertilized eggs are more likely to have blood spots. Supermarket eggs (from factory farms) are unfertilized, which is why blood spots are far rarer. My Artscroll says to 1) check carefully and 2) cook eggs in multiples of three (in order to be mevatel unseen blood spots) if you buy farm fresh eggs, but AYLOR.

                1. re: The Cameraman
                  chazzer Jan 6, 2011 07:32 AM

                  The OU has a page about distinguishing between blood spots and portion spots, and fertilized and non fertilized eggs


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                rockycat Jan 5, 2011 05:15 AM

                Both breeds are adorable, especially the Silkies. But a chicken, is a chicken, is a chicken. There is no difference in terms of kashrut status between these eggs and the eggs you buy in the grocery store. I'm just surprised that your supplier is raising Silkies for eggs. They're considered show chickens and are not especially good layers. Certainly not economical for the farmer.

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                1. re: rockycat
                  psycomp Jan 5, 2011 05:47 AM

                  A chicken may be a chicken, but the Aracouna may not be a chicken. Or rather, it may not be a pure chicken. The OU has an article on the matter:

                  "If the Aracouna chicken is simply the result of a genetic mutation, then it would be kosher, as are all other breeds of chicken. However, if the Aracouna chicken was developed through a unique and as of yet unknown domestication event, or through the hybridizations with unknown species, the bird cannot be certified."


                  R' Chaim Loike is the OU's expert on birds, and he can be reached at loikec@ou.org

                  1. re: psycomp
                    PaulaSp Jan 5, 2011 01:13 PM

                    Thanks a lot, psycomp. I'll contact Rabbi Loike.

                    1. re: psycomp
                      Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 11, 2014 01:16 AM

                      Re: Aracouna Oy! I have to find out the yiches of chickens! How many generations? Am I eating dinosaurs really? In any event, I want to make an omelette not make a shidduch.

                  2. pitagirl Jan 5, 2011 08:36 AM

                    Those chickens are adorable - then you scroll down the page and they show soup :(

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