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Did they eat a rotten egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Yay Chicks!, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four hens. Today, I got four eggs. HOWEVER, I caught them chasing each other around with a half of an egg shell. By the time I got to them, there was only a tiny piece of shell left.
    They do not free range. There is really no where for them to hide eggs. The only thing I can think is that one of them laid an egg in the run at some point, it got dirt and leaves kicked over it and they happened to uncover it today. They are NOT egg eaters. They did eat a thin shelled egg once, but it was already cracked and that was many months ago. I'm guessing this egg got cracked, or exploded (ewww!).
    So, my question is this, since I have no idea how old this egg they ate was, would hens eat a rotten egg? And, if they did eat a rotten egg, what would the consequences be?
    I fed them some plain yogurt and put some ACV in their water in case that would help.

    Thanks.
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Yay Chicks! :

    I have four hens. Today, I got four eggs. HOWEVER, I caught them chasing each other around with a half of an egg shell. By the time I got to them, there was only a tiny piece of shell left.
    They do not free range. There is really no where for them to hide eggs. The only thing I can think is that one of them laid an egg in the run at some point, it got dirt and leaves kicked over it and they happened to uncover it today. They are NOT egg eaters. They did eat a thin shelled egg once, but it was already cracked and that was many months ago. I'm guessing this egg got cracked, or exploded (ewww!).
    So, my question is this, since I have no idea how old this egg they ate was, would hens eat a rotten egg? And, if they did eat a rotten egg, what would the consequences be?
    I fed them some plain yogurt and put some ACV in their water in case that would help.

    Thanks.

    they will probably be fine- they would eat worse if you let them.​
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, FireTigeris. You're probably right about that [​IMG]

    Anyone actually have their birds eat a rotten egg?
     
  4. me2pl

    me2pl Out Of The Brooder

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    some chickens eat McDonald's, they will definitely be all right
     
  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:HA! [​IMG]
     
  6. dparadise

    dparadise Out Of The Brooder

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    I found that they will eat almost anything, mine steal bones from the dogs and then fight over them! The only thing that they don't seem to like is uncooked broccoli and carrots.
     

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