Is feeding chicks hard boiled eggs ok?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by haleychickmumma, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. haleychickmumma

    haleychickmumma Out Of The Brooder

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    I fed my chicks a mashed hard boiled egg by itself and then again a day later but with their feed mixed in. I had read that it was great for them. Anyway then my neighbour said that this is not a good idea as because then they get a taste for it and then when they start laying if an egg accidentally breaks they could start eating their own eggs. It sounds crazy and I'm pretty sure it's not true.... But?
     
  2. ShinShien

    ShinShien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If an egg breaks accidentally, chickens will eat it whether they've ever eaten an egg before or not. Technically, egg yolk is a chick's first food. I fed mine boiled yolks.
     
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  3. haleychickmumma

    haleychickmumma Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so they won't start breaking eggs on purpose?
    They are very well fed so find that hard to imagine.
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi haleychicmumma

    I agree with ShinShien and believe that if eggs break, chickens will eat it. Although this has never happened in my flock.

    I feed my adults and chicks eggs and I have never had one break an egg either accidentally or on purpose. The adults get boiled eggs maybe once a week and for them I mash up the lot, shell as well. As long as it does not look like an egg, they will not realize it is an egg. I also give them scrambled eggs.

    As long as the chicks have access to grit, they also get boiled or scrambled eggs.
     
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  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I accidentally drop an egg I call the hens over to eat it. No it doesn't lead to egg eating. Overcrowding, boredom, and inadequate feeds lead to egg eating.
     
  6. ShinShien

    ShinShien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most chickens don't start breaking eggs. There are a few exceptions, but it's usually like Teila said...lack of adequate calcium, boredom, stress and lack of or improper feeds. If a hen lays one of those squishy soft-shelled eggs, those are usually broken upon impact then eaten.
     
  7. RoosterLew

    RoosterLew Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 -- you also have to remember that the egg in a boiled and mashed form has NO resemblance at all to a raw egg - whole or broken. They will not make a connection/begin egg eating, because there is no connection to make.
     
  9. HugHess

    HugHess Chickrack Addict

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    What is the youngest age any of you started to feed hb eggs? Before two weeks?
    Thanks...
     
  10. ShinShien

    ShinShien Chillin' With My Peeps

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