I broody eating her eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Willie84, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Willie84

    Willie84 In the Brooder

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    my broody has eaten two of her eggs she has been sat on them for 7 days now. Will she become an egg eater? Is this something I should be concerned about? This is her first brood and I’m not sure if I should just let her be and see what happens in another 14 days.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Is there any possibility that other hens are trying to lay in her nest causing a scuffle and egg breakage ?
     
  3. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    I had some thin shelled eggs in the hatching eggs that I gave my broody. Two broke and she ate them. The other 10 eggs hatched fine.
     
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  4. Molpet

    Molpet Free Ranging

    if they get broken or go bad the brodie will clean up the nest
     
  5. eatbeef14

    eatbeef14 Chirping

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    If your eggs have a thin shell try feeding your hens oyster shells with their food or keep their eggshells and rinse and smash them up to put on their food.
     
  6. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    I have been doing those things. The thin shell issue has resolved.
     
  7. Willie84

    Willie84 In the Brooder

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    No she is separate from the flock as it's her first time sitting
     
  8. Willie84

    Willie84 In the Brooder

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    Thanks I have purchased the eggs from another breeder so I have no control over the shell thickness. My hens all have hard shell eggs as I feed them their shells back to them crushed up. I'm still wondering if she has eaten two eggs will she now have the taste for egg or maybe is she just cleaning the nest?
     
  9. Willie84

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    Did your hen then continue to eat her own eggs once she started to lay again. Or was it just a one off thing?
     
  10. Molpet

    Molpet Free Ranging

    in the last 2 years, 3 out of 4 broodies had missing eggs... no egg eaters in my flock .. so far
     
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