Broody hen eating her egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Joellen71, May 20, 2016.

  1. Joellen71

    Joellen71 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2015
    My easter egger has been sitting on eggs for around 2 weeks. Everything was fine, then today I saw her eating out of a broken shell. I couldn't tell if it was a baby chick or just an unfertilized egg. It was dark in the coop and I didn't want to pick her up and disturb her. Is this common? Do broody hens ever eat their babies? This is the first time any of my hens went broody. I don't know what to expect. Should I worry that she'll eat other eggs?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Do other hens have access to her nest? Sometimes other hens will try to lay in the nest of a broody hen - scuffles can occur and eggs can get cracked and broken. It is the instinct of the setting hen to 'clean' the nest site.
  3. Joellen71

    Joellen71 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2015
    yes, but the other hens have been leaving her alone for the most part..they have been laying elsewhere...
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'd suggest removing any remnants of the egg and keeping an eye on her to see if it happens again. I'd go with Sourland's theory that the egg got broken (not necessarily by another hen) and that will be an end to the egg eating.


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