Sweetpea - I was cleaning my coop one day and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a chicken run out the door with something in her mouth! I followed to see what was going on and found that the 'something' was an EGG! At first it looked like she had her beak opened wide enough to hold the egg in it, but I soon realized that she had speared it with the top of her beak and was supporting it with the lower part. She ran around the shop and stopped on the far side to eat her egg alone. I took it away from her, collected the rest of the eggs, and bought ceramic eggs for each nest box. For months after that, I collected eggs as often as I could (several times a day) and made sure the ceramic eggs stayed in prominent spots in the boxes. Eventually, the egg eating stopped, but not before I would find half hearted peck marks on some of the eggs I collected for several weeks. I think I caught her early........
LOL, that's my biggest fear! I hear they're very difficult to break once they start eating eggs.
Point of lay or pullets can have a couple of soft eggs thier first ones out.... Still getting that whole egg laying mechanism going. The other clue is the fact that they layed them on the ground.... As in Surprise..... that wasnt a poo.
Lay mash has calcium in it already. So to supplement you can either buy some Oyster shell, Or you can save your eggshells and roast them till they are dry and smush them up so they are unrecogniseable as egg shells. Then feed the shells back to them.
If your curious about the different kinds of eggs that can happen key in the words "Fart Eggs" There is a site out there that is very very informative on the subject. The fellow has retired from chicken keeping but he keeps the site open so you cant ask questions but you can read.
It's funny you said that about because that was my first thought, too. Both eggs were right underneath the roosting bar, right where the hens huddle up. But then I didn't think that I'd have TWO birds in one day make that same mistake, so I don't know. The first egg that was laid earlier this week (the very first one any of them gave) was laid on the ground next to the indoor ramp. But they were pretty good about laying in the nestbox after that.
I'm still not entirely sure who is laying what, either. We had the first two green eggs and then the blue and then Sally Strutter's brown egg (she's our only brown-laying hen). Both of today's were blue. So where'd the green layer go? Or were the greens a fluke and now the greenie is laying me blues? LOL!
And have all four hens laid an egg yet, or do I have a hold out??? The mystery deepens, LOL!
I'm off to go check on Sally Strutters...she laid her egg late yesterday afternoon so I'm wondering if she might lay late again today.