Will a broody eat her eggs ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JimnJanet, May 15, 2008.

  1. JimnJanet

    JimnJanet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody that is settin on 12, er was seetin on 12, now 11, i found a sticky spot in her nest ans when i stuck my fingers in there i came up with a bit o' yolk on my mingies. Could she have broken and then eaten that egg ?
    She's been broody 'bout a week and has only been off a time er 3 to git some treats and stretch in the sun. No more than 15-20 minutes at a time. I have anothe hen that keeps acting broody in the other nest box but never goes thru with it. Could she have been the culprit while Goldie was out a eatin and stretchin ?
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    They don't typically eat their own eggs, unless one became broken by mishap. Then it's a case of waste not want not and keeping the nest clean. It's also possible your other hen broke it when Miss Goldie was off her nest.
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Yes they will, but it is usually the result of an accidental breaking of a shell.
     
  4. JimnJanet

    JimnJanet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx CG and Lee
     

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