First egg but cracked

dlrowe

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 18, 2014
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2
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Mystic, CT
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?
 

chikkenfriend

Songster
6 Years
Dec 2, 2013
393
40
108
Texas
My Coop
My Coop
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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sunflour

Flock Master
8 Years
Jan 10, 2013
14,974
7,740
772
Macon,GA
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.
 

chikkenfriend

Songster
6 Years
Dec 2, 2013
393
40
108
Texas
My Coop
My Coop
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.
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Do that!!
 

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