My lovely ladies purchased from a neighbor have turned out to be voracious egg eaters. Egg eaters! I can't even tell you how many chickens I have raised and had over the years and I have never had an egg eater. I'm not even sure what to do about it yet although I do realize I have to find out who or how many of these dears are the culprits fast or they will teach it to the entire flock... I hope I'm not to late! How do I know they are egg eaters you might well ask.. Well.. I caught them at it first hand. In fact I had gone to collect eggs and was wondering why I had only gotten a couple a day when I heard that distinctive clucking of a hen laying an egg. I walked into the coop and not seeing any other eggs decided to wait for her to finish and take it with me.
It didn't take long and she was ready to get off the nest box. Just as I reached down to get the egg another chicken beat me too it and started to peck at it breaking the shell. I was so shocked I grabbed the egg and forgot to grab the chicken! Since they all look alike I have no idea who it was now.... Why didn't I grab the offender! I'm still shaking my head over that one.
This morning there are no eggs and I'm afraid they were all eaten but I will be spending as much time as possible in the coop trying to find the offender. Which is why I don't have much time for anything else. Arg!!!
Hope you all have a terrific weekend! I'll be here... in the chicken coop....