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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BantamBonzo, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. BantamBonzo

    BantamBonzo Songster

    May 14, 2016
    Brunswick GA
    Ok checked on my mini flock today and as I was getting ready to open their nesting box I noticed where one hen had laid eggs in a differant area and ran in and pecked at an egg, ran off with the shell. I cleaned the area and removed the eggs to an incunator for safe keeping. Added more nesting
    material and put ping pong balls down.

    As to any stress factor neighbrs dogs have started bugging my yard and we have a feral cat issue.
    Working on a solution for this part ^

    Hen ran with the shell but left the yolk behind. Could this be a sign of needing more grit?

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    My hens will act crazy for any broken or floor eggs. Chickens love the taste of eggs and to eat the shells. It's always best to keep eggs off the ground if possible, keep nests darkened and collect them often. Ceramic eggs can help deter curious pecking.

    Eggs do get eaten occasionally, but hens shouldn't be seeking them out. Always keep a separate bowl of oyster shells and it's best to feed a higher protein ration than layer, especially if you feed extras that are lower in protein to help keep your hens from being deficient.
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  3. baredrock101

    baredrock101 In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2016
    I feed my hens 17% layer and they have a bowl of oyster shell.
    my hens don't eat eggs on the floor or in boxes unless the egg is already broken.
  4. BantamBonzo

    BantamBonzo Songster

    May 14, 2016
    Brunswick GA
    It happened too fast to tell if the egg was already broken :(
    Have added more shell and it hasnt happened again since. Thank you for the help

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