Chicken eating raw egg?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by EggSTOREYdinary, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. EggSTOREYdinary

    EggSTOREYdinary Songster

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    Today one of girls laid an egg on the hard floor part of the coop (they are beginners and sometimes lay out of the box) and it cracked, I found them GOING TO TOWN on it....eating it right down to the shell itself! this might sound silly it’s my first year, but is it okay for them to eat their own raw egg?
     
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  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land Premium Member

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    no it isn't if you want eggs can you be there any earlier so they are unable to get one
    if able to figure who was the breaker cull them usually will not stop if the grit and good food
     
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  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!! Premium Member

    Try never to let a hen or rooster break and eat the egg if you ever want eggs from your girls again.
    I sadly found this out the hard way.
     
  4. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging

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    Sometimes it happens when an egg breaks by accident or is thin shelled and someone manages to squash it. It's happened a few times with mine and it's certainly not something you want to encourage but don't panic if it happens occasionally. It's never turned mine into egg eaters. Maybe add some straw to prevent anymore hitting the hard floor.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Broken eggs are fair game. It's completely normal for them to clean up broken eggs.
     
  6. EggSTOREYdinary

    EggSTOREYdinary Songster

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    thanks so much for your positive reply! I added straw to the floor and I still gathered the additional eggs that were laid after the broken one fell (they didn’t try to eat the others) so I think it’s safe to say it was an accident! Just wanted to make sure they will be okay health wise! Might sound silly but wanted to double check!
     
  7. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging

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    It always pays to double check and that's what this site is all about, helping answer the many questions that come with this hobby. :thumbsup
     
  8. feedman77

    feedman77 Songster 5 Years

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    I feed raw eggs back to my hens. Usually if I find a hidden nest, or have too many eggs.

    Just give them a toss in the air let them bust on the ground. They go nuts over it.

    Have not seen any intentional egg breakers. Just so,they can eat the egg.
     
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