Lead testing in eggs from backyard chickens

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

1 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.