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New (to me) chickens - 1/3 egg shell in nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mylovelyladies, May 2, 2008.

  1. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmmmm....I'm a little concerned. I got 4 hens on Wednesday from a friend of my dad's (barred rock, columbian rock, rir, silkie). They are all somewhere around a year old. The first night we got a beautiful egg, the next day another (they were different colours and I assumed from 2 different birds). The 3 standards were laying well before they came here and I don't know about the silkie.

    There was nothing in the nest box at 8am this morning and I checked again at noon and all that was there was about 1/3 of a shell and membrane but that was it. Nothing else in the box or the rest of the coop and no evidence of anything else. The shell does feel soft and it's kind of crushed but stuck to the membrane.

    Do you think that's all that came out??? A transition thing because the place and routine changed?? OR - do you think they ATE IT?! :eek:
     
  2. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say they had egg for breakfast.
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like they ate it.

    It's a bad habit for them to get into. Do a search on this forum for more info.; some folks put golf balls into the nest boxes to discourage them from eating eggs (they try to eat them and when they can't crack the "shell" of the golf ball, they give up) or even goose eggs, because the shells are harder. Best to nip it in the bud.

    Good luck!

    p.s. - Welcome to BYC!!
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2008
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds to me like they decided to have a snack while waiting for you.
     
  5. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies Out Of The Brooder

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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: NO!!! This is not what I wanted to hear! [​IMG]
     
  6. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, definitely eating their eggs - we caught them!! This is so stressful...
     
  7. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    We used to eat the egg eaters. We had large flocks, and somebody was going to be Sunday dinner anyway. The egg eaters just self nominated themselves.

    But when you have a very small flock, each hen is precious.

    I used to think eat eaters couldn't be saved, but after reading this forum, I have come to realize that maybe they can be reformed.

    One poster used ipecac syrup injected into an egg. She said it worked. Don't waste time with chili or mustard. That doesn't seem to work.

    Egg eating is indicative of over crowding or nutritional problems. Solve those problems first.

    Rufus
     
  8. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmmmm....well, I wouldn't think they are overcrowded. They have 12 sq feet of space for 3 standards and 1 bantam, with 2 4' roosts, one high up in the roof. Nutritionally they are getting crumbed layer feed, oyster shell and grit. These standards came from a caged egg-laying situation so they've not really had access to a nest or their own eggs before. Curiousity??
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't doubt that if they came out of battery cages, that they are use to eating eggs. In situations like that I would imagine they are glad to eat eggs and it's quite a treat.

    There are tons of threads on egg-eating, just pull 'em up have a big cup of coffee and start reading. There are a ton of them, so you won't run out of things to read. LOL

    Hope you can break 'em of the habit.
    -Kim
     
  10. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies Out Of The Brooder

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    Me too....I don't feel up to this *sigh* I thought I was doing a good thing "rescuing" them but now I'm wishing I had've gotten chicks.
     

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