egg eating silkie

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by angel wings, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. angel wings

    angel wings New Egg

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    Hello, I have been raising chickens on my property for 2 years and recently I caught my little silkie eating a rubbery looking egg that either she or maybe one of the other hens laid on the floor of the coop. She ate it before I could take it from her..YUK! Is this ok? The egg looked disgusting like slimy rubber with some egg white attached. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like she was eating a soft shelled egg - try adding oyster shell or having lots of grit available for your chickens - it will not harm her but keep a watchful eye on her to make sure she doesn't get into the habit of egg eating - take the eggs as regulary as possible from nesting boxes and you can substitute with a golf ball or something hard in the nesting boxes - she will think twice about pecking at them again!

    Good luck

    Suzie
     
  3. Beaky Buzzard

    Beaky Buzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    My banny does that too!!! They just need some oyster shells for calcium.
     
  4. angel wings

    angel wings New Egg

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    thanks so much for the good advice. I'm going to try that golf ball trick. my little silkie, Tichiba is so sneaky. I think she knows shes being bad when she eats eggs!
     

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