will goats eat chicken eggs?

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  1. rainbowmoon

    rainbowmoon bread baking hippie mama

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    just wondering. :cool: I can't find where my chickens are laying thier eggs (we only have 2 hens currently and they hang out mostly where the goats are.) I am wondering if my goats are possibly eating the eggs?
     
  2. BlueHeronFarm

    BlueHeronFarm Well-Known Member

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    Probably snakes are eating them. Or else they are laying in a really bizarre place.

    One of ours used to lay in the hay feeders -- our goats never touched the eggs.
     

  3. susie in ms

    susie in ms Active Member

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    We have one chicken that insist on laying in my peace lily on our poarch! :rolleyes: The others lay in the chicken house.
     
  4. nehimama

    nehimama An Ozark Engineer Supporter

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    If you could confine them for a week to 10 days in the coop, or wherever you want them to lay, they MAY begin to do so, and they MAY remember once they're free ranging again. (Hopefully.)

    NeHi
     
  5. jen74145

    jen74145 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Days are getting shorter too; possible they've stopped for the winter already?
     
  6. LomahAcres

    LomahAcres Well-Known Member

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    I found my hens laying on the floor in the straw of the goat pen. The goats would then trample the eggs which would disappear into the bedding, or be eaten by the chickens. :rolleyes: I did see a doe sniff a busted egg once, she then made a face of disgust *who would want to eat that ?*

    I would suspect the chickens over goats if the eggs are being eaten. :)
     
  7. Obe-Willow

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    I had a alpine doe that loved eggs and her and the chicken were best friends the chicken would lay her eggs in the hay feeders and granny would eat them.
    I think it was a deal they had granny would make sure the raccoons would not eat her and the chicken would thank her in eggs :rolleyes:

    But none of my other goats will touch them so I guess it depends on the goat.

    Marisa
     
  8. DocM

    DocM Well-Known Member

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    My chickens will lay in the corners of the goat pens, and the goats do eat the eggs. They don't eat the shells though, so you'd probably see broken shells.
     
  9. southerngurl

    southerngurl le person Supporter

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    My chickens would eat the shells.
     
  10. Goat Servant

    Goat Servant Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Don't fergit ta check yer hay feeders for them missin eggs! Cleaned out one just yesterday and found a pullet egg. Missing chickens can even be found burrowed in the tunnels the goats make.