so an egg cracked in the coop... yikes what should i do now....


In the Brooder
Jun 7, 2016
Norco, California
So, my 8 hens lay between 5-8 eggs a day.... i was collecting eggs today ( the girls were mobbing me because i didn't let them out of the coop today ).... i tripped over one hen who acts like a dog , always under my feet... argh .... and dropped one of the 5 eggs i collected ... faster than 3 seconds all hens jumped on the egg and it was gone... before i coudl try to get it out of the coop.....

should i be concerned?? this is my first set of chickens and i dont' want to "mess anythign up " for them.... HELP
What a great question!
Sorry, no answer here - I'm a newbie to the hobby, but I will be following your thread just incase this ever happens to me in the future.
*Standing by* :)
Just keep an eye on them. They should not get in the habit of eating eggs because it was dropped, but just watch them. If they do start make sure to collect and/or check for eggs as often as you can so egg do not sit in the nest boxes for long.
Hopefully they went for it because it was something that was in your hands and was ... gifted?!?! I get mobbed if I'm carrying anything- plate, bowl, bag, what have you- and they automatically go for whatever drops, intentionally or not. One day I dropped a latex glove and the buggers went right for it, immediately pulled it into 3 pieces and I had to get them all back before they swallowed the latex, no easy task when a chicken is in 'keep away it's mine' mode. With any luck they won't make the association between eggs in the nest boxes and what happened today.
I'm to understand most Chickens are like goats, in respect to the fact they will odften eat just about anything for food. We used to have a dog and we never fed her table scraps. But my wife, being my wife, insists that the chickens eat a variety of foods as well as the feed. So far we haven't lost one for any reason.

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