Dropped egg, chickens devoured, am I in trouble now?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alaskachick, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    My chickens had their first taste of egg. An egg dropped from the basket when one handedly trying to open the gate. It fell hard so completely broke, and then the chickens moved in for the eats. I am wondering if this is going to give them somekind of new love for the taste and cause them to start eating their eggs? Guess I will find out tomorrow, huh?
  2. petchickenlover

    petchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    It doesn't harm them any from what i've heard. My birdies have gotten eggs and don't break any.. However one of them comes running when i collect eggs [​IMG]
  3. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    This has hapened to me. and they are not egg eaters
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I have tested this theory. Every time I have a damaged egg, I toss it into a single pen, my barred olive eggers. I drop a few a week, sometimes several if I am tired, and they eat it like starving junkyard dogs, but they have never gone after their own eggs.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Same here, no egg eaters.
  6. bgelber

    bgelber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2009
    Athens, al
    Same here. Mine will eat a damaged egg but they don't break them on their own .
  7. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Valley Center, CA
    Same here - mine get several eggs. And I always feed back all the egg shells i use - I have NO egg eaters or breakers. Occasionally I have a broken egg in a box - but im pretty sure that is due to 3 very large hens trying to squeeze into ONE box. I have plenty of boxes - but theres always a fav box to lay in. [​IMG]
  8. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    My youngest hen sometimes lays w/o leaving the roost - unless the egg lands just right on the shavings it gets cracked or broken.

    If I don't find it first, the others will eat this "roost egg" but so far noone has bothered an egg in the nestboxes.

    SoCalChick - Yup - one box is The Best One.
    With 3 identical boxes available for 6 hens everyone lays in one box.
  9. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    Everything I've every heard from old-timers that I know in person seems to indicate that so longs as they don't figure out how to break the blamed things themselves, eating a raw egg won't turn them into egg-sucking chickens.

    But I'd still not recommend going out of your way to drop eggs for them [​IMG]

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