Found broken eggs in the nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by macdoogle2, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday I only got 3 eggs from my 7 layers which surprised me. I usually get more. Today 3 eggs again and broken shells and an obvious mess of yolk. Are the hens pecking the eggs or could it be a predator? I have recently put out some stuff from my composter for the girls since it was full of meal worms.There were some egg shells in there too. I might have un-intentually given them a taste for eggs. On the other hand, there is a squirrel and sometimes a rat in the run. Any thoughts. Thanks.[​IMG]
     
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Do you have oyster shells? If not, oyster shells are calcium for the hens. They need that and the egg breaking should stop within a week of eating the oyster shells.
     
  3. Peep lePleaser

    Peep lePleaser Out Of The Brooder

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    Sadly it is likely that you have an egg-eater(s). Watch them and find out who is doing it (the culprits will have yolk and bits of shell on their beaks and/or face). When you figure out who, remove it/them from the rest of the flock immediately so the behavior doesnt rub off.

    For the culprits; crack and beat up an egg, pour black pepper (plenty) in it and give it to it/them to eat inside the cracked shell. They will hate the taste and it should break the habit. Do this a few times to make sure it takes. When you feel it has worked, before returning them to the flock, put a few good eggs in with them to make sure the habit is broken. If they dont crack and eat them, success!

    Meanwhile, make sure you are giving them PLENTY of oyster shell or limestone, as that is crucial for harder eggs. They may have started pecking them because they were a little soft, and naturally theyre gonna eat whats inside.

    For a quick vit D/calcium boost, you can feed them whole milk while youre breaking them, as they also could be deficient which can cause them to eat eggs. Also make sure theyre getting a good laying pellet or mash from here on out.

    Good luck!
     

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