1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!


Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by swimmom, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2009
    OK, so I knew from reading posts here it was probable that at some point, my 23 week old Red Sex Link would lay a shell-less egg, but boy do I wish I had thought to bring a flashlight to the coop yesterday afternoon. Joy was in the nesting box at 4 pm when I left to run errands, and so I blithely went straight to the coop when I got home (it was dark by then) and lifted the lid. I could see a shadowy outline of an egg and reached in to pick it up. Ack! [​IMG] It was a dreaded shell-less egg, all cold and rubbery.
  2. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    Speaking of gross, lol, when I process my birds, we just eat the shelless ones with smoked sausage......but, it'd be different reaching your hand into the nesting box to find one:lol:
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I too often collect eggs in the dark. I'm more afraid that a snake will eventually find us! So far no trouble, but eeeep!
  4. NC Chicken Gal

    NC Chicken Gal Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2009
    *Note to self - NEVER collect eggs in the dark*
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Been there, done that. And man those hens were quick to jump off the roost and scarf that egg up. [​IMG]
  6. Kanga77510

    Kanga77510 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2009
    Santa Fe, TX
    I always bring a flashlight when I collect eggs. I even have a nifty headlamp that works great too.
  7. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2009
    Aha, Kanga good idea. To do list - "borrow" son's headlamp. "Why, no son, I have no idea where you put your headlamp." [​IMG]
  8. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    LOL love your post, swimmom! I also use a flashlight and have recently started getting eggs... but I never got any shelless eggs... it was wierd bcause I was expecting one... guess I got lucky! LOL!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    [​IMG] Oh boy, something else to look forward to when mine start laying...lol
  10. Hippie Chick in PA

    Hippie Chick in PA Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2009
    I use to not use a flashlight to lock up the chickens and or collect eggs. Until one night I went to lock the chickens up, lifted the lid to the nesting box and a pair of beedy eyes were staring at me. To my surprise it was a opossum. Lesson learned do not put your hands in the nesting box with out using a flash light.[​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by