Mystery of a fourth egg....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kscottjoyce, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there,
    So I have three RIR hens. For the past few days I have been wondering why I can only find 2 eggs in the coop. I figured they found somewhere in the yard to lay a couple. Today I eventually did get three eggs again. I left the house for a few hours and came back to find that a fourth egg had been laid and the shell was eaten from it by the hens. Does anyone know of an explanation of how a fourth egg could have been laid?
     
  2. sune42

    sune42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure why you got 4, but you may have only gotten two before because you have an egg eater. Do they get calcium supplement?
     
  3. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give them layer feed which I was told that contains the proper amount of calcium for layers.
     
  4. EssexGirl

    EssexGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you know for sure that your hens ate the shell (evidence of pieces of broken shell, insides broken)? If the inside was whole, it could be that one of them laid a soft-shelled egg. They don't always lay an egg each every day, and then it is possible (but unusual) to get a soft-shelled egg even after they've already laid a normal egg.
     
  5. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    It is possible for a hen to lay two eggs in one day. It sounds like someone's "conveyor belt" was a little out of whack. [​IMG] I would keep an eye on them to make sure nobody becomes eggbound or has any other laying issues.

    I would let one egg eating incident go (the egg may have been broken accidently) but if you see it again you will have to take action. Search for "egg eating" to pull up more info.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011

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