Chicken egg just DISAPPEARED from coop!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by drp1ckles, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. drp1ckles

    drp1ckles In the Brooder

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    Hi everyone! If any one of you remember, I let one of my hens, Penguin, sit on one egg. Today is the 21st day, (and would of hatched) and so I went outside to check out the egg to see if it was hatching. To my surprise, THE EGG WASN'T THERE! There was another egg there, but it was freshly laid. I checked all over the coop and there was no trace of the egg! (I also marked the egg with a sharpie a few weeks back so that I knew which one not to take out.) I had all the doors locked for the coop, so no predators could get in, and we have chicken wire underground on the outside of the coop so no predators could dig their way in either.

    Is it possible that Penguin ate the egg? There was no sign of blood or eggshells, and none of the chickens seemed to be in distress. My mom said nobody took that egg out.

    (Also, before anyone asks, I let her hatch only one egg because I'm only allowing one chick to be hatched, I know you guys probably won't like that, but I mean it's also a learning experience for me to learn how to take care of one from birth. Also, my mom won't allow us to hatch more than one)

    Any help appreciated!
     
  2. Shamo Hybrid

    Shamo Hybrid Songster

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    Maybe the little runt did hatch outta the egg and momma hen ate the shell? The runt may be hiding somewhere in there.......
     
  3. BGcoop

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    Did you candle the egg to make sure it was developing?
     
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  4. drp1ckles

    drp1ckles In the Brooder

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    That's a good point, but I was looking throughout the whole coop and didn't see it.
    Yes, I was. I actually didn't though until around day 15 or so because that's when I learned about egg candling.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Since other hens had access to the nest, one of them may very well have killed and eaten the chick and shell.
     
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  6. drp1ckles

    drp1ckles In the Brooder

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    I didn't see any traces of blood and eggshells, and why would they wait until the 21st?
     
  7. BGcoop

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    Unfortunately I’ve seen my chickens swallow some pretty large toads...whole. No blood. :oops: But I’m going to really hope your little one hatched and is just hiding somewhere!!!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Because once eggs pip the shell is no longer as strong, and jostling in the nest by another hen or even the mother if disturbed can result in a broken egg and vulnerable chick.
     
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  9. drp1ckles

    drp1ckles In the Brooder

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    I'm hoping that too, but sadly when I went to look for the egg in the coop, I didn't hear any peeping or any noises.
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    Also thank you to everyone for replying and such,
     
  10. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    This is one of the reasons for not hatching a single chick "especially in a flock setting" I didn't want to cover yesterday.
    Single chicks are targets, and mom is less likely to protect just one.
    I'm very sorry. :(
     
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