Thought I heard a predator and got a pleasant surprise instead!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Noobchick, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop we have is attached to our house. It's a converted covered potting shed under our deck. The roosts are attached to the outside of the house within the coop, so I can hear them turning/playing, etc on the perches. I've been hearing odd noises all night, small plops and shifts. At first I just dismissed it as acorns or pinecones dropping onto the deck or the wind shifting things around outside but after an hour, I thought I'd check it out. (If something was wrong and I did nothing, I'd beat myself up about it later.)

    When I went outside, it was a little before 5am and pitch black. I took a flashlight down and peered in to see what was what. Several were up and looking around, as if they were trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Not finding anything obvious, I turned to go but then stopped: I hadn't looked in what I call the "poop box". (an enclosed space under the perches that has a lid made of a frame covered in plastic poultry netting. Keeps them from digging through their night time poop before I can get to it to clean.)

    Thats when I saw them: not one but TWO fart eggs!!

    They're from my BPR and GLW. They're soft shelled and cracked from hitting the box lid but still have the insides. Those make the 2nd and 3rd eggs from the girls. What a great week!

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  2. Cluckin'Crazy4them

    Cluckin'Crazy4them Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Come again... Is this a good thing? Great if it is!!! Eggs are always a good thing [​IMG] but a fart egg?
     
  3. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a good thing- fart eggs are what I call a chicken's first egg. It's a practice egg, so to speak; means real eggs are just aroud the corner! [​IMG]
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    A wind egg (fart) is one without a yolk. Not many first eggs are actually yolkless though typically small.

    And congratulations, we're still waiting on two near 29 week Orpington. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well now, if a fart egg is the first egg then I am a certified fart eater.[​IMG]
     
  6. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Whoops- then they were just small, very thin shelled pullet eggs. They do have itty bitty yolks. Unfortunately, they were so thin shelled that they cracked when they hit the lid. [​IMG] But I'm still thrilled: mah babies are all growed up. [​IMG]

    Egghead: that's gotta be a little frustrating. I bet their eggs will taste all the more delicious then!
     

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