Sunday Egg Suprise

americanchicks

Songster
9 Years
Jun 26, 2012
340
350
216
Buckley, Wa
Out of the 7 hens in my flock only Runt and Pebbles are laying so far. For a bit over a week now I have only been finding one egg in the coop a day, from Runt. Well I let the girls out of the coop late today and I saw Pebbles run the other direction from the flock. I saw her go underneath the overturned pond and had a feeling of what she was doing. After she came out I went to check, maybe there would be an egg or 2. There was 10! So my question is are they ok for eating? Its
been about 40-50 out. And will she continue laying there? Thanks for reading.

 

Skipspin

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 16, 2012
88
5
33
Florida
As long as she hasn't been sitting on them (other than to lay a new one every day)- which it doesn't sound like she has- they are still fine to eat. She most likely will continue laying in her secret spot, but if you take all the eggs there is a chance she could switch. It's hard to know. You could try locking her in the coop till she lays for a few days to try "retraining" her. That worked for me when my hen was sneaking off to lay in the neighbor's yard.
 

Impress

Songster
8 Years
Jun 4, 2011
1,001
27
151
Gray, TN
Use the float method if you are really worried. When you want to use those eggs, put them in a nice deep bowl and fill it with water. Fresh eggs stay on the bottom, less fresh eggs will bobble a bit, and trash eggs float on the top.
 

americanchicks

Songster
9 Years
Jun 26, 2012
340
350
216
Buckley, Wa
Thank you so much everyone. I went ahead and made ham omelets for dinner tonight and all the eggs where just fine. Im going to try and lock up Pebbles for a couple days and see what happens.Take care.
 

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