First egg but cracked

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dlrowe, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. dlrowe

    dlrowe Just Hatched

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    One of my hens laid their first egg today not sure which one it was. It was cracked and they ate it. I'm new to chickens, I was wondering if it was because it was her first time and how do I prevent that from happening?
     
  2. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first eggs aren't perfect. Ours laid some soft ones, too. But you can help. Are you providing Oyster Shell?

    This is a calcium supplement. I always have some out. They take as they need.

    Good luck to ya! And congrats on your new layer!!

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  3. dlrowe

    dlrowe Just Hatched

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    No I haven't done oyster shell yet just layer feed and veggie scraps. I will get some today!
     
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  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    I think first egg is a surprise not only to us but to the pullet. They have instinct to lay, but don't know yet what is going on until they have laid an egg. One of mine laid her first egg after sitting in a nest, came out of coop and laid it while running down the ramp and another laid her fist egg while drinking at the water fount.

    Your broken egg might have been accidental like mine did. Or someone pecked it to check it out and it broke. They often do push them around in the nests.

    But you don't want them to want to eat their eggs. Make sure the nest has something soft in it. Try to check for eggs and collect frequently for a while to try to prevent opportunity. If they do show tendency to peck the eggs, some folks recommend placing golf balls or hard fake eggs, like marble ones, so they learn not to break eggs.
     
  5. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Do that!!
     
  6. dlrowe

    dlrowe Just Hatched

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    Thank you sunflour! She did lay it in her nesting box I will try the golf ball trick that's a great idea!
     

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