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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lillie2, May 3, 2008.

  1. lillie2

    lillie2 Out Of The Brooder

    Just wondered if someone could help -- we have four eggs under our broody chicken last night and checked they were there this afternoon but now there are only three under her. I don't want to look too much as she gets quite distressed and growls at us if we get too close. As far as i can tell nothing has been in the chicken house as she has been on them all day ... its just a mystery to us .. I know it sounds daft but could she have eaten or discarded it as it was a different colour from the others that were under her ?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    She could have sensed something was wrong with it and rolled it out of her nest. They will do that.

    If there is other chickens that can get to her eggs they may have eaten it. Not to scare you or anything but a snake can and will take an egg from under a hen.
  3. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    A rat also can and will take an egg out from under a hen, although they will often wait until she gets off the nest. Usually, they will wait until a day or two before they are due to hatch. I have actually seen a rat stealing an egg (don't think I have ever been madder [​IMG] )
    Last edited: May 3, 2008
  4. Cracker

    Cracker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    North-West Florida
    Maybe she put one back![​IMG]
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008
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  6. MrsCountryChick

    MrsCountryChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
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  7. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    Actually, what happened was it killed the baby inside, just 24 hours before it was due to hatch. Not too funny, really. [​IMG] Or, is that what you meant?
    Last edited: May 3, 2008

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