Broken egg eaten?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by csummer8882, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Songster

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    I have 6 chickens...only 1 is laying right now. She just started laying maybe 10 days to 2 weeks ago. I haven't seen an egg in 2 days. Check everyday and we have seen nothing. Let the girls out today and they are playing keep away with something. I get it and its a piece of an egg shell. I check the nesting box and its a mess, loaded with the clear/white part of the egg. All of the shell had been eaten minus the part I took from the girls. Any ideas? Thanks!
     

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    It probably broke when she laid it, do your boxes have a nice layer of bedding? When I find broken (eaten) eggs, that usually means I need to add some more shavings to my nesting boxes. Since she's a new layer, she may have taken off the day before and laid a partially soft egg (another reason I could have broken). Don't panick yet, just because you saw them eating an egg doesn't necessarily mean they've turned into egg eating monsters. I feed all of my dirty eggs back to the chickens (just as I find them) and have never had a problem with egg eating. Good luck!
     
  3. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Songster

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    OK Thank you! [​IMG] I hope its not an indication of future issues!
     

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