do chickens push bad eggs out of nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davimi, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. davimi

    davimi Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a chicken that has been sitting on eggs for 2 weeks...there was an egg in the corner of the box today...could she have pushed it there?....do they know if the eggs are bad?
     
  2. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Yes they do and they will eat the unfertilized eggs.
    If you put the pushed out eggs back under her, she will push them out again.
    Some people call chickens stupid, I don't think so. [​IMG]
     
  3. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
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    i wonder if they smell different to a chicken
     
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I've had them sit on them until they explode and I've seen them push out good eggs- always candle a rejected egg. Also, you should do a sniff test every few days.
     
  5. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure but I think my broody must have a smell issue. She was sat on eggs and must have 'forgot ' to push a bad one out. One day I opened the coop and got a really bad stink of gone off egg. There was my poor Bertha sat on her nest covered in exploded egg!!!!!!! I had to get a new nest box and lift her off, she was not happy and had an egg stuck to her bottom. I gently lifted the other eggs she had and rescued the one stuck to her bum! ( She watched squalking at me!) over to the other nest. then I washed her best I could and cleaned out the yucky nest. She jumped back on top of the other nest and didn;t leave it for days. - when she did she litterally exploded with poo because she wouldn;t leave the nest. - She has 4 great live chicks 6 weeks old now! - I wonder if anyone else has had a chicken who - well didn;t chuck the bad ones out of the nest???????

    Poor girl had a bit of an explosive experience!

    Oesdog - [​IMG]
     
  6. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had them push perfect chick bearing eggs out. I gave them back to her a few times and then gave up and gathered the outed eggs, candled and added them to the bator to see if they were deformed or bad. They were just perfect little red Silkies! She outed about 4 eggs and kept about 4 for herself. They all hatched hers and the ones I adopted.
     
  7. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] Poor girl, she must of stunk . Got to give her credit for her maternal instincts.

    I have had ducks sit on rotten eggs until with the slightest touch they would explode.
    So far my chickens have been 95% right on with their decisions. Some of the younger, first time broodies, get confused and abandon the nest. Thank God for the big Dorkings. They will adopt even a fir cone as their own egg.
     
  8. vegjet

    vegjet Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:[​IMG] Poor girl, she must of stunk . Got to give her credit for her maternal instincts.

    I have had ducks sit on rotten eggs until with the slightest touch they would explode.
    So far my chickens have been 95% right on with their decisions. Some of the younger, first time broodies, get confused and abandon the nest. Thank God for the big Dorkings. They will adopt even a fir cone as their own egg.

    Ok I am sorry, but I had such a visual of this, I had to laugh..
     
  9. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
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    Some hen's will other's will sit them till Dire end.My Cochin's and Frizzle's seemed the smartest rolling egg's out.I would candle them and they were not fertile.Depend's on the hen I guess.I had a silkie once with 2 rotten broken once.I don't like messing with broodie's much but have on occassion date a couple egg's and would pretty much have an idea within a time frame when most egg's should hatch.Give a couple egg's an extra week in hot weather and a non budging hen.Your in for a mess and it will get on the newbie chcick's and stink to high heaven.My silkie is sitting about 8 10 various egg's now and if the rest don't hatch within a couple of day's from the first most likely they wont and by then she will be wanting to move from nest with chicks showing them food/ water.
     
  10. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's very unlikely. A bird's sense of smell isn't very good, only about as good as a human's.
     

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