Do I now officially have egg-eaters?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gabby3535, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This morning, I went out to let the chickens out to free-range, and found that someone had
    layed an egg......on the ground.....inside the run.
    2 of the girls were pecking at it, and eating it!
    They had only just started this, as the hole they made was small.........but still................they
    were eating an egg!!!
    Do I now have "egg eaters" on my hands...........or could this possibly be a passing fancy that
    won't necessarily be repeated?!?!?!
  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    If an egg is broke (such as from being laid on the ground), my chickens will eat it. BUT, in general, I don't have an issue (it's a once in a blue moon sorta thing). So, if it is just this once that you have seen this, I am gonna guess that it won't be a common even in your flock.
  3. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!
    I hope you're correct............

    Any other opinions appreciated.......[​IMG]
  4. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    do you have a nesting box?
    They prob won't eat "em from in there.
    someone started at my house so I put curtains up and I'm sure to collect earlier in the day -O.K.
  5. henryetta

    henryetta Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2009
    san diego, cali
    I have an EE that will occasionally lay an egg on the ground that has an *issue* ie soft shell. She will so far not lay this egg in the nest box and though they all go crazzy over this soft one on the ground, they have never gone for any in the nest, even if accidently broken. Hope the same for yours. They seem quite protective of the ones in nest.
  6. raspeary

    raspeary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    Quote:I have to disagree with this. I had one hen lay an egg in the nesting box yesterday and still pecked a hole through it.

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