Lead testing in eggs from backyard chickens #355759 - Ask Extension


Lead testing in eggs from backyard chickens #355759

Asked August 23, 2016, 9:19 AM EDT

I have backyard chickens that are free range around my home. The house is early 1900s and while mostly brick, most trim areas were painted with lead-based paint. This paint is flaking in many locations and it is easy to imagine the chickens could be consuming some of this as they are foraging. Is there a service to which I can send my eggs to determine if they contain lead? If so, I'll stop eating the eggs. Other solutions are not as simple.

Frederick County Maryland

Expert Response

Not sure which lab would be able to check for lead content in the eggs (you may want to ask the county health department).  I think the best solution is to clean up the lead paint or prevent the birds from having access to it, thus preventing any health complications for the birds.  
Jonathan Moyle Replied September 06, 2016, 7:50 AM EDT

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