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Are these chikens kosher?

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.



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

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    1. 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. 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. maybe consult with your local rabbi

          1. 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

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

              1. re: chazzer

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

              2. re: serenarobin

                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

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


              3. 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

                  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

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

                    1. re: psycomp

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