Someone else is laying eggs in our coop!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Aimless Farmer, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Aimless Farmer

    Aimless Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I found a small (1.25" x 1") dark olive green with brown freckling egg in the nesting box with our regular Ameraucana/EE eggs yesterday, I said, "Uh oh...someone's having egg issues!", and put a close eye to all six hens. All seemed fine, yesterday, as well as today.

    Well, when I found another one today, my first thought was, "Which wild bird is using our nesting box?!"

    Our small flock are enclosed on a large area of lawn by electronet fencing. Crows, Blue Jays, Cardinals and a plethora of sparrows share their food and water (I do worry about pathogen spread, but there's not much I can do about it. Knock on wood...) We've learned to appreciate the Crows and Blue Jays, because they warn of Hawks, and will mob them and chase them away. I've learned a lot listening to the crows on our property, and so have our hens.

    Has anyone ever experienced a wild bird using their hen's nesting box? Our coop actually has two big boxes, but the girls always lay all in one, or the other. This odd egg was mixed in with the chicken eggs!!

    I Googled images of Crow and Blue Jay eggs, and it could be either. I've never seen a Cow Bird on our property, and those eggs looked too small and weren't the right color.

    A mystery avian sisterhood uncovered!

    btw...cracked the one yesterday into the compost bucket. No familiar yolk, but two globs of "tissue" instead. Definitely an odd egg...
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Globs of tissue, sounds like a wind egg from one of your hens.
     
  3. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Quote:Agreed. It's probably from one of your hens. They will lay wind eggs or, what I call, fart eggs. They are small and off color with no yolks. It's odd to get 2 in a row, but possible. Always something new when raising chickens! [​IMG]
     

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