Chickens ate a dead chicken....are the eggs safe?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rsallison, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. rsallison

    rsallison Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 26, 2010
    Hi All~
    One of my RIRs died at some point in the day yesterday (I was away from the house all day, and discovered it when I went to close the coop for the night) It was in the run, basically half gone - no head, one leg, insides pretty much cleaned out. We've got lots of crows, and I assume they carried off a bunch of it - but I think the other ladies helped themselves, too.....bleh.
    All this to say, are their eggs safe to eat if they've been eating carrion? It wasn't dead for days or anything, and we didn't notice any signs of sickness - they are all going through a crazy molt this year. What do you think?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    If crows could get into the run, could a hawk have also? The eggs will be fine If the hen wasn't sick before she died. A freshly dead body is not crawling with bad things that one that has been laying around has.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I wouldn't worry about it. Chickens are omnivores. And chances are some thing else ate it, but even if the chickens got to part of it, it's not a big deal. Chickens will eat any meat they can find, whether it be a cricket, a frog, a mouse or another chicken.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    The eggs will be fine.
  5. 92Pony

    92Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2010
    South Carolina
    Had that happen on more than one occasion over the years growing up at my parents' house. Never thought twice about it, and never noticed any ill effects regarding eating the eggs.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012

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