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Breaking bad

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mhayden, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. mhayden

    mhayden New Egg

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    Help!! We have 3 Americaunas and one of them pecked and broke two eggs today!! We feed them oyster shells several times a week and I collect the eggs only hours after they are laid. What causes this and what can we do to stop this behavior?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Either boredom or a lack of protein in the diet, I would up the protein in my ration. Are you feeding layer? And what breeds do you have?
     
  3. mhayden

    mhayden New Egg

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    We are feeding organic layer pellets. Not sure of the protein content as we've lost the tag that was on the bag. They are Americaunas. We also give them meal worms everyday. Just a handful a day.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Americana lay blue eggs, those look brown. I feed an all flock and a non medicated grower. The extra protein seems to help most hens. They are between 18-20%, where layer is 16%, which seems to often be not enough. I would try switching feeds and adding ceramic eggs that they can't crack when pecked, and always provide oyster shells on the side so they don't crave calcium either.
     
  5. mhayden

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    Our tan colored Americauna lays tan eggs. The other two are darker and their eggs are blue. Hard to see the blue one in the photo. We have two ceramic eggs in the boxes already. We give calcium weekly and I looked up the protein on their food and its 17%. Maybe we should look at a different food.
     

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