Help! I think one or more are eating eggs

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

  1. milezone

    milezone Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Guys,

    Ok for the first year we have been having awesome results. 7 - 8 eggs a day from 10 hens (1 rooster). But lately I have noticed smaller batches, and yesterday 1 egg only. Yesterday was the first time I actually caught 3 chickens in the coop fighting over a broken egg, and eating it. I chased the one down that had the egg in his mouth all over the yard, hoping maybe to scare him not to do that???

    Any ideas, I have no idea who it is as we have all Buff Orp's and they all look about the same. :)

    Russ
     
  2. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the there no signs of any egg at all. Just that you get less? Maybe it's just that time of year where they have slowed? [​IMG] Could that egg have been broken already? I know, it's hard to say and you've probably thought of those questions yourself. I just wonder if there would signs of yokes of something left behing if they had been eating them. Do they free range? Maybe laying somewhere new?
     
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  3. milezone

    milezone Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes we do let them run around on weekends, and during week when we can. No sign of eggs at all other than the one I caught them fighting over the other day. But other than that no yolk mess in coop at all.

    Maybe they are laying elsewhere? I cant imagine something getting to them as we seal up coop at night.

    Russ
     

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