Egg pecking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Knittycat, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are hens more or less likely to peck at an egg they've laid? I am constantly finding a bullseye crack on my blue eggs.
     
  2. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump, and I guess I should clarify. I only have one hen that lays blue eggs. So should I assume she's giving it a good peck after she lays it (what the heck is *that*? reaction), or should I assume it's another hen pecking at an egg that doesn't look like hers? The blue eggs aren't the only ones who end up with a crack, the others have one now and then, but they are the most consistently cracked.
     
  3. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it's been more than a year since I posted this. The chickens went through their molt, and have started laying again. I'm still having this problem. Does anybody have any ideas?
     
  4. pipdzipdnreadytogo

    pipdzipdnreadytogo Cluck, Quack, YAK-YAK-YAK! Premium Member

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    Do the shells on the your blue eggs feel weaker than the shells on the other eggs? For the longest time, I thought I had an egg eater, but I found out after some observation that eggs with weaker shells were being broken in the hustle and bustle of normal nesting activities and not by an egg-pecking hen. You could try to up their calcium intake and see if that does anything..?
     
  5. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have given them oyster shell in the past. It didn't seem to make a difference. I do give them back their shells, all crushed up. They do seem weaker than the other eggs, but they're still stronger than the ones you get from the grocery store.
     

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