Originally Posted by the flower
i have a broody hen sitting on eggs now for about a week .yesterday when i went to check her i notice a broken eggs shell on the floor of her brooding place. the is no way anything broke that egg but her ,because she is isolated by her self .it seems as though the egg was no good so she got rid of it.no sign of the yoke or anything so i'm assuming she ate it . anyone got any thought on this
I haven't experienced that, but here's what's happening in my coop:
My BSL broody hen lost interest for a few weeks and abandoned the eggs in late April, but now she's back on the nest with new eggs. All was well with three fertilized eggs until one of them broke. We didn't know what had happened when she came running and squawking out of the coop. I thought there was a wasp or something that stung her. There were no wasps, just a broken egg with a very small embryo.
So then there were two, and she sat on them for several days. We thought all was well until she came flying out of the coop again this morning. This time the broken egg contained a larger embryo with recognizable features. We cleaned up the mess once again and replaced the bedding material. Now there's just one, and I'm not very hopeful. The shells all seemed good with a uniform shape. Is she pecking at them? If so, why?
No other hens were around during those two events.