1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Chicken that pokes a hole in her egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by D3invertebrates, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. D3invertebrates

    D3invertebrates Chillin' With My Peeps

    245
    8
    88
    Oct 6, 2011
    Brookshire, TX
    Hi, I have a hen thats about 9 months old now that ever so often she has poked a hole in her egg its just a small hole shes not trying to eat it or anything and it has only been her eggs even when there are others eggs in the box, and lately she started doing it almost everyday. I think maybe she started doing it more now because I just built some new nest boxes for them to lay in, im hoping shell get her act together or Im not sure what Ill do. Any ideas on how to modify this behavior or why she may be doing it in the first place?
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    184
    1
    103
    Aug 1, 2010
    California
    My girls do that sometimes too. I think that it is just on accident when they are eating little insects or pieces of grain....I don't think its a behavior you can modify unless there is some kind of reinforcement for the behavior...
     
  3. rjlanger2

    rjlanger2 Out Of The Brooder

    52
    0
    29
    Jun 22, 2011
    Central Texas
    I don't think the holes poked in the egg are intentional. Is it possible the shell is a bit thinner and as she tries to move the egg it gets a hole poked in it? I have one hen that consistently lays eggs with thinner shells. Her eggs are the only ones that I have ever seen with holes in them. You might try offering a bit of oyster shell, it can help with strengthening the shells.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,686
    499
    431
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Golf balls
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by