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 In the Brooder

    May 1, 2008
    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 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Iredell County, NC
    I'd say they had egg for breakfast.
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator

    Sep 25, 2007
    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 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Sounds to me like they decided to have a snack while waiting for you.
  5. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies In the Brooder

    May 1, 2008
    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: NO!!! This is not what I wanted to hear! [​IMG]
  6. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies In the Brooder

    May 1, 2008
    Yep, definitely eating their eggs - we caught them!! This is so stressful...
  7. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    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.

  8. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies In the Brooder

    May 1, 2008
    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 Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    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.
  10. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies In the Brooder

    May 1, 2008
    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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