Hiding eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Coopmom56, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Coopmom56

    Coopmom56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 6-7 month old EE Hazel lays pretty blue eggs - 2-3 a week. Her friend Peaches, also an EE, lays one almost every day. Today, when I went to take some leftover salad out to the girls, Hazel didn't show up. I went looking for her and heard her clucking softly, from what sounded like under half of a dog crate sitting against the fence. And THIS is what I found....

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    So while she's been laying a couple of times a week in the nest, she's been laying for at least two, maybe 3, weeks in her hidden hide-away. I guess she's a better layer than I gave her credit for! So.

    1. Do I have to throw these eggs away? All are intact, they have been in the shade at all times, and our high temps have been in the high 80's most of the time.
    2. We removed the temptation of the dog crate, but will this behavior continue? Do I need to egg hunt every day?

    Thanks for the advice. While this is a pretty picture, I obviously would prefer she lay in the nest boxes like the rest of my little flock!
     
  2. ECSandCCFS

    ECSandCCFS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tell if the eggs are old by putting them in a container of water and if they float, they are bad and if they sink, they are fine. But you can decide whether you still want to eat to eat them[​IMG]
     
  3. Coopmom56

    Coopmom56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They all sunk like rocks. Would you eat them? Fresh eggs are not so old-hat to me that I want to toss a dozen away without some thought.
     
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  4. RoosterRiot

    RoosterRiot Out Of The Brooder

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    The will also feel lighter and have a flatter (less glossy) finish to them as they loose some color. Within that clutch you should be able to pick out the newer ones.

    If you still think they're good just open them one at a time and take a good look at them before cooking. Usually the yolk will look a little blotchy as it starts to go bad.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  6. Coopmom56

    Coopmom56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, aart. I broke each egg separately into a bowl as I got ready to use them. Only one looked iffy, so I discarded that one, but we ate the others without any problems. I do have golf balls in the next for these fairly new layers, and all others lay there without incident, even when free-ranging. I will just check around the yard every couple of days, but Hazel laid in the nest yesterday. You provided good advice in case the problem persists!
     

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