Egg missing from under broody hen?!

PhoenixPharm

In the Brooder
5 Years
Jul 22, 2014
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My hen has been sitting on 3 eggs for almost 3 weeks now. This morning I went out to see if any hatched and one of the eggs was missing?! No shell or anything, it's like it just disappeared. I recently introduced 5 silkie chicks to the coop that are petrified of her and there is another adult silkie in the coop who co-sits on her eggs sometimes. Anybody know what could have happened to her egg? Could it have hatched and she killed and ate it shell and all?
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
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Of course it could have hatched and she killed and ate it shell and all. A piece of space junk could fall out of the sky and hit your house today. A lot of things are possible but many aren’t very likely.

An egg can just disappear and you don’t know what happened. It’s rare but it happens. I’ve seen it a couple of times and have no clue what happened.

It is tremendously unlikely that it hatched and did not leave any evidence. I’ve seen snakes eat eggs out from under a broody hen. It’s quite possible some critter did something. Many critters like skunks, possums, or rats should leave some evidence but not all do. I could see a scenario where an egg got kicked out of the nest and the other chickens or a pet dog made the egg disappear. When you deal with living animals some things happen that just can’t be explained.

I don’t know what your coop or general set-up looks like. One suggestion is to look at it to see if you think a snake or some other critter could get in. Dig into the nesting material to see if it got hidden down in there somewhere. Maybe look in the coop or general area to see if you can find a soggy mess or bits of egg shell where the egg was eaten. Other than that I just don’t know. That is hard.

I wish you luck on the other two eggs.
 

crystalbanks84

In the Brooder
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Feb 25, 2014
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I've heard that some hens will get rid of an egg they know is a dud. She could have possibly eaten it, or kicked it out and someone else ate it. I've only had chickens a year but i read that recently when tryin to figure out all about hatching under my broody.
 

Sonya9

Crowing
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Feb 7, 2014
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One time one of the eggs cracked and the egg white dried/glued itself to the broody's feathers. When she got up for her daily break the egg got dragged outside with her.

Snakes may be another possibility, some do like to eat eggs.
 
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PhoenixPharm

In the Brooder
5 Years
Jul 22, 2014
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I see some yolk on one of the other eggs, so maybe it cracked and they ate it....probably
are all duds :(
 

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