Chickens love egg.

It’s a little creepy, to be honest. Anyway, I hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving if you’re in the US, gentle readers! And if you are not, I hope you’re having a lovely Thursday. Either way, I invite you to enjoy this slightly creepy video of Matilda and Lorena and an eggshell. We save the shells off their eggs when we eat them and give them back to the chickens to replenish their calcium supplies. As an Egg Cost Update, on Tuesday we got our twelfth egg from the girls (it was one of Matilda’s) which means we are down to a cost of $66 per egg. We have saved $3.24 on eggs to date, going by the current cost of cage-free non-organic eggs. A tiny blow against factory farming, but there you go.

The players in this video are Matilda, an Australorp who is the Top Hen and who gets first pick of treats, and Lorena, a silver-laced Wyandotte who is forever hopeful that the Top Hen will share the treats.

Transcript:
Me: *smoochy noises*
Matilda and Lorena: WHAT FRESH CALUMNY IS THIS, STRANGE FEATHERLESS SCARY THING?[1]
Me: *smoochy noises* *waves the eggshell temptingly*
Lorena: It is an eggshell! OMG! I am dubious of the strange featherless scary thing, but EGG!
Matilda: There is an egg?
Me: *tosses the eggshell to the ground*
Lorena: OH GOD THE FEATHERLESS BIPED IS THROWING THINGS RUN AWAY RUN WAY!
Matilda: AN EGG! OH RAPTURE AN EGG! *runs toward the featherless scary biped to get the eggshell* *begins pecking at it*
Lorena: What do you have there? Do you want to shaaaare the egg? *approaching from behind Matilda*
Matilda: It is my eggshell! I do not want to share the egg!
Lorena: SHARE THE EGG! SHARE THE EGG!
Matilda: I WILL NOT SHARE THE EGG! *runs off, Lorena in hot pursuit*

[1] THEY ARE NORMALLY QUITE GOOD ABOUT ME COMING IN THE PEN, BUT TO GET THE VIDEO I MADE THE ALARMING CHOICE OF SITTING ON ONE OF THEIR RECREATIONAL STUMPS. THEY DISAPPROVED.

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Comments (3) | Life Outside the Manor,Pictures — Tags: , , — Andrea @ 0400 on 25 November, 2010

3 Responses to “Chickens love egg.”

  1. Marji
    1315 on November 25th, 2010

    Think of it this way: If your hens were feral, they’d be nesting on the ground – pretty dangerous. If the egg cracks, it sends a big “FOOD HERE” signal to all the predators in the region. So to save the clutch, she eats the yolk and removes the shell.

    I always find that a little more endearing than they just like to eat their own eggs. :)

    At the sanctuary, we always boil up and crush the eggs and feed them back to the chickens and turkeys. They love it immensely.

  2. Andrea
    1835 on November 25th, 2010

    It would be less creepy if they didn’t enjoy it like whoa! On the other hand, a little bit of creepiness from my pets has never bothered me, and they are SUCH endearing little buggers. Matilda now waits at the door to their pen for me when she sees me coming out, and Ayinnanku and Bebelina stretch up and flap their wings for me when I come bringing treats. I am confident that Lorena will come around some day, too!

  3. Mmy
    0006 on December 4th, 2010

    Oh man, the above explanation sounds so sweet and awesome, but then again, they’re chickens — feral was quite a long time ago — so I generally opt for the “greedy little buggers” explanation. They also love chicken stir-fry…

    Ahem.

    I would advise crushing eggshells really well before giving them back; I’ve known a few hens who figure out that they can simply break open their own eggs (or whatever is in the box) to get to the deliciousness inside. Not the best behaviour for a laying hen!

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