Cracked egg! :O

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Smallflockchickens, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Smallflockchickens

    Smallflockchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    So my BR just started laying, and 2/3 eggs have been either chipped, or cracked. I don't know if it is because shes curious and pecks at it, is not careful and cracks it, or I don't have enough bedding in the box. When I come out and gather eggs, the straw is bare in the middle, and scattered among the outside (like a nest). I don't know how o stop it, should i put more bedding in? Heres a picture if one of the eggs-

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  2. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like she pecked it to me. My chickens move the nesting material so the middle is bare a lot too and my eggs are always fine even when I go away for the weekend I have no issues. Maybe you could try and collect eggs more often before she gets curious?
     
  3. Smallflockchickens

    Smallflockchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Darn! I usually hear her egg sing around 12, and pick up at 12:30 for the others to lay, and get out of the boxes. (most of them lay by then). Oh well, I guess I'll just have to collect her eggs specially[​IMG]I'm not surprised she pecks at them because the 4 I have raised in this batch just peck at EVERYTHING! Haha. I know they're just curious, but they especially peck at toes, fingers and anything peckable, more than my other batches have [​IMG]. I thought they would grow out of it, but they're already 6months and well... still pecking. If you have any advice on that, it would be great [​IMG]
     
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    The lack of bedding shouldn't be an issue, I've had a chicken lay on bare ground before and the eggs were fine. It's probably pecking, as audrey said.

    I don't know much about the topic as I've never encountered the problem before, but here are a couple of articles:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pecking-canabalism-and-egg-cleaning-faq
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/six-tips-on-breaking-your-egg-eater

    There's some really good tips in the second article, I like the filling with mustard idea. :lol: Apparently there are even special types of nesting boxes you can get.
     
  5. Smallflockchickens

    Smallflockchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Haha thanks for your tips! I really appreciate it! [​IMG]
     

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