Destroying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Katareshka, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Katareshka

    Katareshka Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. I have 12chickens,and I receive about five seven egg a day, I believe some of them don't lay yet, or one is old. But, one chicken, who is everyday layer, start destroy egg. I just caught her doing it. They have four laying places, two boxes under shelf, and two shelves, but they only put eggs in one spot. What I can do to encourage them to lay in other nesting boxes n not destroy eggs?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Is she stepping on the eggs and breaking them or is she pecking at them purposefully to open them up? The latter is much more concerning as egg eating is difficult (to say the least) to break *and* can spread through a flock as other birds see the first bird engage in the behavior.
    Laying in the same nest is typical chicken behavior and as long as the nest is sufficient in size and bedding is not going to cause egg breakage *if* the eggs are appropriately shelled (weak, thin shelled eggs are more at risk for breakage). It is instinctual for them to use a nest that already has eggs in it vs. seeking out an empty nest "of their own".
    One option that you might consider, especially if the bird is intentionally cracking eggs open, is to install roll-away nest boxes which move the eggs out of reach when they are deposited. Alternatively, removing the egg eater from the flock is another sure solution.
     
  3. Katareshka

    Katareshka Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you i just bought ceramic eggs and put them at other nests,and i also made kinda gate to close next for night(i also have problem with chicks spending night at nest and sh-t over!)
    this chicken, who i caught pecking on egg, did it with her beak
     

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