Can I feed unhatched eggs to my chickens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bobbieschicks, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Or will that cause them problems? I'm wondering if I can scramble the undeveloping eggs on Day 8 of incubating them and give them to my chickens?
     
  2. bluefeather2697

    bluefeather2697 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    uhm, maybe.
    but i don't think so...
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    As long as they don't have bacteria in them, they are perfectly safe to feed to your chickens. Sniff them first to see if you smell a rotten egg odor. If they pass that test you can scramble or boil them and feed them back to the chickens.

    I don't trust my candling skills at day 7 or 8 to make that decision with my brown eggs. I've been wrong before. But there is nothing unsafe about them. If you can get past the yuk! factor, you could safely eat them. I can't get past that yuk! factor myself.
     
  4. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Okay thanks. I'll only do that to the clear ones that are obvious. And only give them to the chickens scrambled.
     
  5. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To the chickens or the chicks? Giving chicks scrambled eggs is good because they contain a lot of protein. But giving scrambled eggs to chickens is a bad idea. Once they get a taste for eggs they will start cracking their own eggs open and eating them.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Many of us feed scrambled or boiled eggs to chickens of all ages on a regular basis and do not have egg eating chickens.
     
  7. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I would feed the scrambled eggs to my 13 and 22 week olds. I've fed my pullets scrambled eggs before and so far no issues. I crush the shells and let them eat those separately.
     
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    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then you're lucky.
     
  9. debs_flock

    debs_flock Overrun With Chickens

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    Um, no, that would pretty much be a wives' tale. You can feed scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, fried eggs, any other kind of eggs you want to your chickens with no issue. It's a good way to use up extras that you have no other use for. The chickens won't make the connection between cooked eggs offered to them and what is shooting out the back end of the hens.

    I probably wouldn't give them whole shells,no point in giving them ideas.

    Deb
     
  10. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed the excess eggs to my flock and they love them i just crack the egg a bit so it will crack open when it hits the ground and then I watch them run after them and i've had no issues with my girls cracking and trying to egg their own. I've had them accidently crack them by stepping on them but that's about it.
     

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