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nervous about not collecting eggs until late tomorrow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gale65, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    We have to leave at 10 am and won't be back until at least 6 pm. I hope the girls don't decide to do anything fishy with the eggs left in the nest all day. I know once something like that starts it's hard to stop it so I always try to check often during the day so they aren't tempted to peck at them or anything. Fingers crossed. [​IMG]

  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    No...they will not turn into egg eaters no matter how long you leave the eggs in the nest. Even if you broke open an egg and fed it to them every day right there on the coop floor they would not turn predatory over their own eggs. If one happens to break in the nest because of a weakened shell or a clumsy and fat hen, then they will of course eat that egg but they will STILL not turn into "egg eaters" because of it. Trust me.
  3. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    Land of the Rain
    We've left ours for a 4-day weekend, extra large feeders filled to the max with extra waterers when we didn't have a chicken sitter. Came back to a boatload of eggs. Didn't appear to have any missing when you based it upon averages of the flock. [​IMG] I even feed some boiled eggs/shells back to my flock when I have extras. If a raw one is broken already, they'll be all over it tho'!
  4. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I've actually had it happen before. It was a long time ago (I raised layers and broilers about 20 yrs back). One laid from the roost for some weird reason (I was there at the time); it broke and they all went after it. After that I kept finding busted eggs in the nests but I never did figure out who it was. It never happened at all until that roost egg and then it was daily. Nowadays I can at least put a video camera in the coop if it happened again and see who the culprit is.
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop

    Quote:And yep.
  6. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    I usually don't gather eggs but once a day and it is usually in the evening when I am doing nighttime chores. the chickens are always last because they are closest to the house. It is usually 7 or later by the time I get out there. Sometimes we wait until the next day to get the eggs if it is already dark. I don't worry much about it.
  7. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    We're home and everything was fine. There were 5 eggs today-so far that ties with our record. Like I said above, I have had chickens suddenly start breaking eggs after the one laid from the roost so I know it can happen. Maybe it's not common but obviously it can. Hopefully it never will with ours.

  8. Hiram

    Hiram In the Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    One of the best feelings I've had raising laying chickens was when I waited a day or so to collect the eggs. It was like when I got my very first. There were so many.

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