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Broody Hen Eats egg????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chica chicka chook, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. chica chicka chook

    chica chicka chook Hatching

    May 24, 2011
    My chickens that i bought as a trio with a rooster and another hen are all wyandotte bantams.
    At first only one of the hens was laying then after a while the other started up too. Then my dog killed the first layer [​IMG] and the other kept on laying. Then recently this second layer went broody, I was excited as this is only my second experiance of a clocking hen, and this is the second layers first time that i am aware of. So after i checked her the first day, she had on bantam egg. The days after that (2) she still had the one, i asumed she lay more under her, but no. So on the 3 day of setting i put two other larger eggs but not much larger. She seemed fine with this then i moved her into her new hutch on the 5th day, she was fine and not put off at all. She had plenty of food and water and i checked her everyday. But on her last week of setting i had to go on holiday and my dad had to care for her. He fed and watered and checked her everyday, but not beeing a chook man he never thouht to look under her!

    When i arrived back (yesturday) on her 21st day (alothough i have a feeling it is 19 for bantams?) there was one egg missing!
    I checked for holes where rats could get in, no.
    I checked her bedding, there was no trace of egg shell or anything! Wierd.
    The two left were a banty and a large, so she had eaten the large.

    So i decided to do the float test on the 2 remaning eggs, i took one of the large and put it in the hot water it started bobbing up and down, a good sign. Then i heard cheeping! It was coming from the egg in the bowl, i heard this is possible. So i put it back and she accepted it back into the nest.

    So this morning i went out and checked and there was only the cheeping egg left! The bantam egg had gone!
    I thought that if she takes the last egg, the large cheeping one, that she would definately eat a chick.

    Anyone else had an experiance like this?
    Any solutions or Answers?

    I dont want her to eat the last egg!

  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    I have. I had 2 eggs come up missing during incubation and really couldn't figure if I missed counted or what. After the chicks started hatching I had one that had zipped but never came out. I said I would give it till the next morning before I removed the egg. Well low & behold it was gone. I posted the same thing and found this is a pretty common occurence!! Basically I was told that they pretty much can sense or know when a egg is bad or a chick has died and eat it for the protein!! [​IMG]
  3. chica chicka chook

    chica chicka chook Hatching

    May 24, 2011
    Wow thats cool, well hopefully this cheeping one will hatch and she wont eat it haha, i knew they liked egg but not chick meat!
    Does this mean when she goes back to normal she might eat her eggs that she lays?

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