Broken Egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Callous, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Callous

    Callous Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out to let the chickens out and had one blue and one white egg in the same box. A little later I was out changing water and adding feed and found a white and a brown egg. Then I noticed a mess in one of the boxes and a broken (smashed) in the middle of the coop floor.
    Yesterday I got a blue egg that appeared to have been pecked at the shell broken but not the membrane.
    So now I’m a little concerned that I have an egg-eater in the flock, I’m not sure how I’m going to find out which one it is short of installing a camera.
    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It might be difficult to find the culprit. You might start by isolating any suspected hens to at least narrow it down. You could try placing and egg of a golf ball in the nest and watching to see who goes after it. I have also heard of blowing out an egg and filling it with mustard before placing it back in the coop. The mustard with stain the hen who tried to eat it, and could discourage future eating. Good luck!
     

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