Posted by: KB | 2004/11/01

Is it normal for chickens to “eat” their own eggs?


Yesterday afternoon I noticed my three chickens eating an egg. Is this normal? What causes it? Please help!


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Chickens may eat their own eggs if the egg is damaged (egg is a rich source of protein and vitamins that are now leaking out), but also due to excess disturbance (rather recycle the egg and lay another at a later stage than lose all those precious nutrients to a predator). Certain nutrient deficiencies, such as calcium deficiency, may also prompt them to start eating eggs. If they are not on it already, try feeding a commercial layer mix to rule out the last possibility, and try to disturb the nest as little as possible.

Dr Willemien van Wyk
Bird and exotic animal veterinarian

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Posted by: KB | 2004/11/04

Thanks Dr Van Wyk

Much appreciated

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Posted by: Chill | 2004/11/01

I have no idea, but perhaps you could resolve another issue: which was there first, the chickens or the egg?

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