Eggs getting squished. Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggsrcool, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Hi,

    My hens are laying their eggs in the nest boxes, but when another hen goes into lay, it appears that the egg gets squashed. The shells are hard, the are not soft. This has been going on a few days now, I just checked and an egg has been squashed by a hen who is laying. There is sufficient bedding, so they wont crack. There is no egg eating.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Is this a small breed's egg getting squashed by a Jersey Giant?

    If not, I would think that the shells aren't thick enough yet. Perhaps you have new layers that need extra time to mature or need calcium supplements like oyster shell?
     
  3. 8HesperiaChickens

    8HesperiaChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I was having similar issues with standard 12-inch by 12-inch nest boxes with straw on the bottom. The hens didn't have enough room. I switched to using jumbo sized covered cat litter boxes with straw on the bottom and have not had anymore squished eggs unless the shell is really, really thin.

    MB
     
  4. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Thanks for your replies. I dont have jersey giants- the eggs are getting laid by standard size birds and getting squished by standard size birds.

    I checked earlier- they eggs are NOT getting squished they are getting eaten. Filled an egg with mustard, now I have to wait and see...
     
  5. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    I hope the mustard egg works! You can also leave fake stone or wooden eggs in the nest to help deter eating eggs. I guess they can't tell the difference easily.
     
  6. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    let us all know how it turns out!!!
     

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