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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickChick16, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. ChickChick16

    ChickChick16 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

  2. ConcreteWaves

    ConcreteWaves In the Brooder

    Jul 12, 2016
    Delta, CO
    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* :)
  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    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.
  4. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Songster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Portland OR
    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.
  5. Chickenmanjim7

    Chickenmanjim7 Chirping

    Sep 16, 2015
    Aberdeen, Washington
    broken eggs etc are free game. My ladies eat broken eggs every time they drop. It is when they break them on their own you need to worry.
  6. countryjack

    countryjack In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2015
    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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