Found a soft shelled egg, dropped it, chickens ate it, problem?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Operafamily, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Operafamily

    Operafamily Hatching

    Aug 15, 2011
    Today my ladies each laid an egg. My Polish/Buff dropped a soft shelled egg and when I picked it up I dropped it. She seemed very interested, popped out of the house and rushed to eat it. Her friend helped finish it. Should I be worried? I think they're both getting enough calcium. They are free range, with suppliments of yogurt, safflower seeds, millet, meal worms, pumpkin seeds, banana, rice and scratch. Ideas?
    I'll watch them and hope they don't start eating their own eggs...

  2. Operafamily

    Operafamily Hatching

    Aug 15, 2011
    Update:... she is a buff-Orpington/Polish
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    No, they won't. My birds will be opportunistic and eat a broken egg in their presence, but I've never had egg eaters in the coop. One doesn't necessarily follow the other.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop

  5. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I was worried about just that when I had several broken eggs in my coop, thanks to the lovely and talented Pip, who insisted on laying from up on the roosts for her first two weeks. Gravity, as you might imagine, was unkind.

    Her broken eggs did get eaten, but I have no egg eaters now, 3-4 weeks later, and all my girls are laying reliably. Where they should be. Except for Hermione. Which is another story...
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member


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