My first egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by claireree, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. claireree

    claireree Chirping

    Jul 9, 2010
    Ok this is a pic of my first egg, well eggs really as I went to check on my chickens as one was acting strange and I got 2 eggs, I know who laid the first egg but not sure on the second egg, is there a chance she could have laid 2. I have 3 hens and 2 cockerels (they were supposed to be hens) one hen is about 17 weeks but the other 2 hens are a bit younger. Any ideas on whether she could have laid 2 or do I need to check on the others.

    Also one of the eggs broke and they ate that one could this be a problem.

  2. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Congrats on the first egg.

    Do you have nest boxes for them?

    And yes egg eating could become a big problem.
  3. claireree

    claireree Chirping

    Jul 9, 2010
    yes do have nest boxes but when i went up every time she went to get in the box one of the others would come and bug her hence she just laid it on the floor.

    Any ideas on whether she would have laid both eggs.
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    If you check daily for eggs and found 2 at the same time, I'd say not the same chicken. Chickens can become egg eaters if they figure out that their eggs are tasty.....Generally you don't need a nest box for every chicken, they tend to use favorite nestboxes even if they have to wait. I only had one incident of egg on floor laying. I do keep one or two wooden eggs in each nestbox (even though my girls are good about using them - the one egg was outside the box when I removed all but one egg out of several nestboxes). I do feed scrambled eggs in winter as treat, sometimes chopped up hardboiled eggs. I also throw my eggshells in the compost but I crush the shells so the chickens don't get the idea of pecking at eggs. My girls ate a broken egg a couple of times when they trampled it. So I try to check for eggs twice daily and remove them so they don't pile up in the nest and get crushed. I would make sure you have a) enough nesting boxes b) the nesting boxes in a 'private' area not in a brightly lit busy spot c) maybe place fake egg or golfball in nest d) collect eggs frequently so the girls don't break them and learn to eat their eggs......Good Luck! And congrats on the first eggs!!!!!!! [​IMG]

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