will a hen kick out bad eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Haley's Birds, May 5, 2009.

  1. Haley's Birds

    Haley's Birds New Egg

    Apr 28, 2009
    My daughters hen has just started setting the am. I went out to check on her a few minutes ago and there was an egg out of the next .. cracked.(don't know if she kicked it out .. or the roo pecked the hole in it) it is about 3 feet away from the nest.
  2. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have heard that they do (kick out non-viable eggs). I know my hen removed the golf ball from her nest box. I was trying to encourage her to continue using the box but obviously she was too smart for my efforts with the ball. Now I leave 3 eggs at a time to get her to continue laying in the box. I remove the oldest one each day.
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    A hen will often kick out duds.

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