Are first eggs okay to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lesliep6, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. lesliep6

    lesliep6 In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2010
    I just got my first egg (yippee!!), but I remember hearing somewhere that you shouldn't eat the first few eggs. Is that true? Also, my girls switched from their medicated feed 12 days ago. Is it too soon after the switch for the medication to be out of their system?
    Thanks for your help.


  2. Momo

    Momo Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Nelson BC
    This question comes up all the time... a lot of old wives' tales floating around out there. Yes first eggs are perfectly fine to eat; they're no different than any other egg. I wouldn't worry about the Amprolium either. Enjoy your first egg! [​IMG]
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    One of my BR pullets just laid her first egg and I am going to eat it!!
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    The first will always taste best!

    Don't believe the stories that you can't eat double yolkers, fertile eggs, green eggs, or eggs laid when the is a 'y' in the day.....unless they float in water or stink when they are cracked, they are probably fine.

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  5. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Mmmm, yummy! Yes indeed, you may eat the first eggs! [​IMG]
  6. lesliep6

    lesliep6 In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2010
    Well, it seems to be unanimous that this cute little first egg should be breakfast tomorrow. Thanks all!
    Should I be feeding my girls oyster shells now? I saw that some people feed them the egg shells. Any thoughts on that?
  7. Supernatural

    Supernatural In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    Des Moines
    We give our chickens egg shells, along with any other organic food-type scraps. Potato and carrot peels, tomato tops, bread crusts... even a bit of greenish cheese and leftover cooked egg and chicken (!!!) Seems wrong, somehow, but they love it, and their eggs have beautiful dark (yummy!) yolks. I don't know if you *should* give eggshells for any reason, but my philosophy has been, if it doesn't hurt them and they eat it, why not?

  8. chicksbestfriend

    chicksbestfriend Songster

    Jul 12, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    Quote:I agree about the first egg tasting the best, I think it comes with the long wait!

    edited for clarity on first egg.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yes. Offer oyster shell free choice, they might need it and they will have it if they do. It's cheap so why not?
    My grandma always fed the eggshells back, so I do too. Why waste them? I crush them up so they don't look like "eggs" anymore
  10. swordgeek

    swordgeek Chirping

    Jun 23, 2010
    Westford, MA
    When my first hen laid a few years ago, I fried that little thing up and we split it four ways! (The egg, not the chicken.) It didn't go far, but it was special.

    As for feeding them crushed egg shells, we do it for added calcium. I used to add it to their feed or snacks, but now that I have a mixed-age flock, I add them to the bowl of oyster shells that the layers take when they want. Oyster shells cost money, the egg shells don't. I also sprinkle them outside under the wild bird feeders, because they could use the calcium boost as well, particularly when they're laying.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010

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