are the older chickens smashing the young ones eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tina83, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. tina83

    tina83 New Egg

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    I got 3 chickens for my sons birthday they are approx 3 months old now, 1 rhode island red and 2 batoms
    about a month ago a friend gave us 3 more older chickens 2 batoms and a white one?? anyway the big batoms are laying well and are displaying bullying behaviour to the little ones, there is sometimes smaller white eggs that have been smashed in our pen, are the big ones smashing the little ones eggs??
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I would think it's more likely they are getting broken accidentally as the chickens squabble to rearrange the pecking order. You could try adding a small cardboard box or plastic bin or the like, as a temporary additional nest, and maybe adding a bit more hay/nesting material to the nests. If they all live in a small run, perhaps something like a flock block or hanging cabbage for distraction would help, or even something different to jump on or perch on during the day.
     

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