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Hens Burying their eggs ????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gottalovemychickens, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    I went and collected todays few eggs and i started to think to myself . Maybe i should keep one egg there for overnight and see what they do with it and i went out a few hours later and blammm its just gone . Do chickens bury eggs and if so why do they do it ??? Also that white specel on the eggs is ?
     
  2. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Sounds like you might have a snake in your coop!!
     
  3. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    well i dont think its a snake because, i put the egg back on the ground in front of the nest , and now it looks to be like a mound under the nest as if it were moved and covered up . and i just noticed a second mound where a possible egg may be . Thats why i ask do they bury their eggs ?
     
  4. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    anyone ?

    should i just take the eggs out that were covered up ?
     
  5. acbear93

    acbear93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting, I have never experienced buried eggs...the white speckle on the eggs though...I have 2 barred rocks that do that...I think its their technique is all...I have one black sexlink that lays a brown freckled egg also
     
  6. Kezzie

    Kezzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, I wouldn't leave eggs in the coop and give them an opportunity to eat them. They may have just gotten buried as the girls were scratching up bedding.
     
  7. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    oh wow , i didnt know that chickens eat their own eggs , ive never had that happen
     
  8. Double-T-Family-Farm

    Double-T-Family-Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes they do! majorly once they start there hard to get to stop
     
  9. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    oh great

    i just went out to the chicken coop and yup the one i left out there is gone , and no sign of any egg being there , so i take it i better start collecting eggs 3-4 times a day /
     
  10. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I would investigate those mounds, but never heard of chickens burying eggs in the dirt. I have heard of ground squirrels stealing eggs though.
     

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